Anesco Limited is proposing to develop a 49.99MW solar farm on land at Turf Carr, Bransholme, Hull, HU11 5EF.
Anesco Limited previously consulted on a proposed development of a 49.68MW solar farm on the land at Land at Turf Carr, Bransholme, Hull, HU11 5EF. The proposal has been revised to a slightly different location and thus Anesco Limited would like to re-consult on this alternative location. The proposal remains the same and 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 site location, and the location of the DNO substation is shown on the map below
All cabling associated with the grid connection will be underground. The application area will be approximately 63 hectares and planning permission will be sought for a period of 40 years.
An Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) screening request was submitted to East Riding of Yorkshire on the 7th April for the revised layout and they adopted a screening opinion on 25th April 2022 concluding that the revised proposal is not an EIA development
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Climate change emergency
In June 2019, the UK government became the first major economy in the world to pass laws to end its contribution to global warming by 2050.
What this means is the UK’s greenhouse gas emissions will be carbon neutral and will create 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.
East Riding of Yorkshire Council has committed to helping reduce carbon emissions via their environmental policy summary (2020). The objectives commit to:
- Mitigation (reducing carbon emissions in an attempt to lessen the extend of climate change)
- Adaption (becoming better prepared for, and more resilient to the impacts of, a changing climate)
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. The panels are low in height and can be hidden behind hedgerows or fencing, minimising the visual impact on the landscape.
The Turf Carr Solar Project
The Turf Carr solar project is expected to power approximately 13,312 average UK homes. Furthermore, the project is expected to generate 51,000MWh per annum which is anticipated to save over 11,890 tonnes of CO2 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 council 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.
We are now seeking views from residents on the proposal.
We encourage feedback and any queries or questions can be made through the feedback form provided or by visiting www.anesco.co.uk/turf-carr
Closing date for receipt of feedback is the 11th May 2022.
ONLINE FEEDBACK FORM
Why have we chosen this site?
- Close proximity of a viable grid connection point
- Suitable topography and ground composition
- A suitable grade of land
- The site is not located within a Greenbelt, Area of Natural Beauty, National Park, Site of Scientific Interest or other ecological designation.
Clean green technology
Saving 11,890 tonnes of Co2 per annum
Powering 13,312 average UK homes
Q: How long will it take to construct the Turf Carr solar project?
A: 36-40 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: The site will be accessed via Kidhill Lane. This is intended to be the access during both construction and for ongoing maintenance services.
Q: Do solar panels create glint and glare?
A: Solar panels are designed to absorb light rather than reflect it and there is little risk of glint and glare.
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 electricity generated benefit the 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.