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Elm Solar Farm

We have proposed to develop a solar farm, and battery storage,
on land at Elm Farm, Iron Acton, Bristol near BS37 9TF.

We have now submitted our planning application for a Solar Farm at Elm Farm, Bristol Road. Our application has now been validated and the relevant reference number is: South Gloucestershire Council P21/04721/F.

The proposed solar farm would provide renewable electricity for distribution to the National Grid. As a guide, this project would generate the equivalent electricity demand of around 6,300 homes each year of the proposed 35 years of operational life, while also providing significant CO2 savings when compared to generation of electricity by non-renewable sources. The proposals include battery storage which will allow energy to be stored on site at times when grid-demand is lower and exported at times of higher demand to ensure no energy is ‘lost’ and help balance the National Grid.

The Site and Proposal

The Site is located west of Iron Acton and east of Latteridge, comprising 38 hectares of land. While there are no statutory landscape, heritage or ecological designations on site, as part of our site surveys and further assessments we will be considering these matters carefully in developing our proposals for consultation.

The development forms a temporary (35 year) use of farmland that is easily reversed at the end of the operational life. A scheme of landscape and ecological improvements will be prepared to support the application, ensuring the project provides a biodiversity net gain.

The site is to be accessed from the B4059 and B4058, with construction expected to take 6 months


homes powered per year (equivalent)

The Benefits

The wider benefits of the development proposed, in addition to the contribution towards the security of energy supplies, are:

  • Assisting South Gloucestershire Council to reduce greenhouse gas emissions in line with local, national and international targets and the declared Climate Emergency.
  • Making an important contribution to achieving legally binding national targets to achieve net zero carbon emissions by 2050.
  • Contributing to the UK’s urgent need to transition to a low carbon future.
  • Payment of business rates once operational.
  • Providing a 35 period in which the intensively farmed land can ‘rest’ while the onsite boundary vegetation is improved and maintained in accordance with a site-specific management plan.

Community Benefits

We believe that it’s right that the community closest to a solar farm is able to benefit from it. In addition we believe that the community itself is best placed to say what the community benefit should be. If you have an idea for a sustainable community based scheme or project, then please do let us know by getting in contact with us via the form at the bottom of this page.

Register your views

If you would like to register your views for Elm Solar Farm, please fill in your details in the form or

t: 020 7499 2842
e: [email protected]

Please provide your contact details if you wish to get a response. Any information provided will only be used for the purpose of the planning application to the Local Planning Authority and will not be disclosed with any third parties. Your contact details will not be listed on the planning application documentation.

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