Iddenshall Grange Solar Park project
Development of a 17.57 MW solar park on land South of Iddenshall Grange, High Street, Clotton, CW6 0EQ.
Anesco Limited is proposing to develop a 17.57 MW solar park on land South of Iddenshall Grange, High Street, Clotton, CW6 0EQ.
The proposal involves the construction and operation of a solar installation that will connect into the local electricity network, comprising solar modules, solar inverters and associated works, including landscaping.
The grid connection and substation location is shown in the North area of the site. All cabling associated with
the grid connection will be underground. The application area will be approximately 37 hectares and planning
permission will be sought for a period of 40 years.
We are currently awaiting a response to an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening request from Cheshire West and Chester Council, sent on the 29th January 2021 for the proposal (ref: 21/00514/SCR).
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We are now seeking views from residents on the proposal as laid out in this leaflet.
Unfortunately, due to the restrictions from the Covid-19 pandemic, we are unable to host a public consultation event in person, we do however encourage feedback and any queries or questions via the feedback form below or by:
Closing date for receipt of feedback is 30th June 2021.
Climate change emergency
The UK government is committed to ending it contribution to global warming by 2050 and more recently has announced to cut carbon emissions by 78% by 2035, 15 year earlier. Creating a better environment now, and for generations to come.
Carbon neutral is about finding a balance between the total greenhouse gas emissions being produced, and the total emissions being removed from the environment. This commitment to becoming carbon neutral is a substantial increase on the UK’s previous target and comes at a time when pressure is building on governments to recognise and take urgent action in light of the climate emergency.
West Cheshire and Chester Council have Climate and Energy as the key aspect of the local plan on sustainability as part of their low carbon footprint target.
About solar technology
Solar is the most popular renewable technology in the world and is an incredibly clean source of renewable energy. Unlike other renewable technologies, solar panels have no moving parts and therefore operate silently. They are also low in height and can be hidden behind hedgerows or fencing, minimising the visual impact on the landscape.
The Iddenshall Grange Solar Project
The Iddenshall Grange solar park is expected to power approximately 4,500 average UK homes. Furthermore, the project is expected to generate 17,100 MWh per annum which is anticipated to save 4,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent emissions per annum. Projects of this kind also present biodiversity enhancement opportunities. The site is not located within an AONB (Area Outstanding Natural Beauty), National Park or other designated landscape area, and is away from heritage designations and features.
The solar farm would be set back from residential properties, which would limit views of the development within the local area. A full landscape and visual impact assessment will be completed, and it is anticipated that further planting and hedgerow re-enforcement will be put in place. Anesco has engaged with the local parish councils and also welcome opportunities to engage with local schools to provide tours of the solar farm in future.
The RSPB ‘State of Nature Report’ highlights the severity of the decline in British wildlife. It details that of the 8,431 species that have been assessed using regional Red List criteria, 15% have been classified as threatened with extinction from Great Britain. Climate change is driving widespread changes in the abundance, distribution, and ecology of the UK’s wildlife, and will continue to do so for decades or even centuries to come.
Solar farms present an excellent opportunity for biodiversity. The proposed solar farm will be installed on piles with minimal disturbance to the ground. The solar panels have no moving parts and the infrastructure typically disturbs less than 5% of the ground. The posts upon which the panels are mounted take up less than 1% of the land area. Because panels are raised above the ground on posts, more than 95% of a solar farm field area is still accessible for plant growth and potentially for wildlife enhancements. The proposed solar farm would have a lifespan of 40 years which is sufficient time for appropriate land management to yield real wildlife and biodiversity improvements within the local area.
A site-specific biodiversity plan will be devised to cover the lifetime of the proposed solar farm, working closely with the ecologists, and conservation organisations to ensure that the biodiversity enhancements are most appropriate to the local area.
The closing date for feedback was 30th June 2021
- Close proximity of a viable grid connection point
- Suitable topography and ground composition
- A suitable grade of land
- The area is not a flood risk
Clean green technology
Saving 4,000 tonnes of CO2 per annum
Powering 4,500 average UK homes
Q: How long will it take to construct Iddenshall Grange Solar Farm?
A: 16-20 weeks including the site set-up and site clearance.
Q: Do solar farms make any noise?
A: Solar farms have no moving parts so there is no noise.
Q: How will the site be accessed?
A: There is a long access route through the owners land which is just off the High Street at Clotton. This is intended to be the access during both construction and for ongoing maintenance services.
Q: Do solar farms require a lot of maintenance?
A: No, maintenance is very limited and usually involves 1 visit per month by two operatives who attend site with a van.
Q: How will the Iddenshall Grange solar farm benefit local residents
A: All of the power will be fed directly into the local grid network, however there will also be biodiversity enhancements throughout the site. We welcome community engagement with ongoing biodiversity monitoring and schools visits to the solar farm.
Q: What happens at the end of the 40 year term?
A: The solar farm will be decommissioned, equipment removed and the site will return to its former state unless there is a possibility of further extending the term with the local planning authority, which would be determined in the future.