Project Timeline

Environment Impact Assessment Screening
Public Consultation

To be held at Runwell Village Hall on 01/09/2024.

Submission of Planning Application

The application was submitted and validated on 6th April 2023 and can be viewed Here.

Assessment and Determination of Planning Application

Expected Quarter 4, 2024.


Project Overview

Southlands Solar Farm would provide renewable electricity for distribution to the National Grid through the Rayleigh Substation. This project would have a 40 year 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 70.3 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 from Runwell Road with construction expected to take 6 months. 

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