Studley Solar Farm
We have proposed to develop a solar farm, and battery storage, on land at Studley Farm, Atworth, Melksham, Wiltshire.
We have submitted our planning application for land adjacent to at Studley Farm, Atworth, Melksham, Wiltshire. Our application has now been validated. The application reference is PL/2021/08690.
The proposed solar farm would provide renewable electricity for distribution to the National Grid. This project would generate a significant amount of energy each year of the proposed 40 years of operational life, while also providing a substantial carbon dioxide 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 on land at Studley Farm, Atworth, Melksham, Wiltshire, comprising approximately 33 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 (40 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.
Access to the site will be using existing access from Studley Farm Lane with construction expected to take 7 months.
The wider benefits of the development proposed, in addition to the contribution towards the security of energy supplies, are:
- Assisting Wiltshire 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 40-year 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.
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 support for Studley Solar Farm, please fill in your details in the form or
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.