Project Timeline

Environment Impact Assessment Screening
Public Consultation

Held at Barleylands Farm on Monday 8th November 2022.

Submission of Planning Application

Application submitted 21/03/2022 and can be viewed here.

Assessment and Determination of Planning Application

Expected quarter 4, 2024.


Project Overview

Burstead Solar Farm would provide renewable electricity for distribution to the National Grid at the Rayleigh Substation. 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 

Comprising approximately 91 hectares of land, 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 accesses from Southend Road (A129) and Granites Chase. 

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