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North Dairy Farm Solar Park

Introducing North Dairy Farm Solar Park

British Solar Renewables (BSR) is preparing to submit a planning application to Dorset Council for a solar park and battery storage facility area on land at North Dairy Farm, Pulham, Dorchester, DT2 7EA.

The solar park would have an approximate design capacity of 49.99 MW and would generate an estimated 49,500 MWh
of clean, renewable and sustainable electricity per year. This is equivalent to the annual electrical needs of approx. 13,000 family homes. The anticipated CO2 displacement is around 13,000 tonnes per annum. This is equivalent to removing 5,841 conventional cars from the road each year.

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What are the benefits of the Solar Park?

The main benefits of the proposed development are summarised below.

  • It will assist Dorset Council to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with local and national targets, in addition to supporting its strategy for its declared Climate Emergency.
  • The proposed development will contribute towards the security of energy supply in Dorset through the provision of local, renewable energy supply.
  • No public rights of way will be closed during or after construction of the solar park.
  • New hedgerow planting is proposed to contain and screen the solar arrays from its surroundings.
  • This is a temporary development, allowing the land to rest for the period of operation.
  • Ecological enhancements including wildflower and wild bird seed grasslands, and a range of breeding boxes for bats and birds are being considered as part of the application. We anticpate that the solar park will have a significant positive net biodiversity impact.
  • No protected landscape, heritage or ecological designations will be affected by the solar farm.
  • The proposed solar farm will not require Government subsidy.British Solar Renewables is committed to using local suppliers during construction and operation where possible.

Our approach to consultation during the pandemic

In accordance with guidance issued by the UK Government’s Chief Planner, which emphasised that planning applications that positively impact the country and local communities must continue to come forward, we invite you to provide feedback on our draft proposals in the following ways:

Fill in the feedback form that accompanies this public consultation brochure.

Please read through the leaflet and provide feedback to us by way of the free post feedback form that came with the brochure

Attend our public consultation webinar and Q&A session on: Thursday October 29th from 5pm – 7pm.

You are invited to attend our online public consultation webinar and Q&A session event. The webinar will be a ten-minute presentation by the project team where they will outline the draft proposals. During the Q&A session which will follow the webinar you’ll have the opportunity to ask any questions you may have about the draft proposals with members of the project team.

The webinar will be recorded and hosted on our public consultation website so that you can watch it again or see it if you are unable to watch it live. You can of course get in contact with the project team at any time, through this public consultation

You can register to attend our online public consultation event by completing the webinar registration form. You will then receive an email with details on how to join the public consultation webinar.

You may download a print version of our brochure here

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Where is the proposed North Dairy Farm Solar Park?

The proposed site is located within Blackmore Vale between the villages of Pulham (to the west), Mappowder (to the south) and Hazelbury Bryan (to the east). It covers an area of c. 76ha and its fields are bounded by hedgerows and streams, the latter draining into the River Lydden to the north of the site. It is proposed that access to the site would be provided using the existing access road to North Dairy Farm, namely Cannings Court Lane.

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North Dairy Farm, Pulham, Dorchester, DT2 7EA
Solar PV (Ground Mounted)
49.99MWp design capacity
Land Size (approx.)
c. 76Ha (188 acres)
Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN)
Land Designation
Agricultural, Grade 3b/4
Location: North Dairy Farm, Pulham, Dorchester, DT2 7EA Technology: Solar PV (Ground Mounted) Size: 49.99MWp design capacity Land Size (approx.): c. 76Ha (188 acres) DNO: Scottish & Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) Land Designation: Agricultural, Grade 3b/4 Planning consent duration
Application is for 35 years
Planning submission date
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