What are the benefits of Hatton Solar Farm?
The Hatton Solar Farm scheme will represent an important contribution to meeting the UK's legally binding target under the Climate Change Act 2008 to achieve 'net zero' carbon emissions by 2050. To meet this target, the UK Government continues its support for the development of renewable energy projects in the United Kingdom. Increasing renewable energy projects in the UK will contribute to energy security, ensuring the nation’s growing economic development and energy demands are met. Diversifying the current UK energy mix ensures that the nations’ demand is met with low prices. According to the UK Government, in 2019, UK emissions were 42 per cent lower than in 1990, while our economy over the same period grew by 72 per cent. This means we can achieve economic development without contributing to climate change by supporting renewable energy projects.
Hatton Solar Farm will generate circa 70 GWh per annum from a renewable energy source, this is equivalent to displacing approximately 12,500 tonnes of CO2 from the atmosphere every year. This is the same as removing approximately 2,700 cars off the road for a year. This will influence climate change and as CO2 emissions are reduced air quality in the UK will improve, ensuing our planet is not damaged for future generations. During the lifetime of the project Push aims to have minimal impact on the land, our objective is to enhance the quality of the land and soil as well as contribute to the biodiversity of the site.
- Loss of agricultural land
- Impact of development upon residential amenity
- Impact of the development upon the landscape
- Impact of the Development upon the Significance of Archaeological Sites or other Heritage Assets
- The Effect of the Development upon Ecology
- The Effect of the Development upon Highway Safety or Traffic Capacity
- The Flood Risk of the Proposal
We will take numerous measures to mitigate against any risks associated with the above. To mitigate against surface water run-off on site, we will install trenches at the toe of each solar panel and the panels will be on sloped frames allowing any waters to freely flow beneath. Access and maintenance roads are to be constructed using permeable materials so as to not increase flood risk. To reduce landscaping impact from the surrounding road network and public rights of way, site boundaries will be left to gain a minimum height of 1.5-1.8m, as well as new hedgerows proposed to north-eastern and south-western exposed boundaries. To enhance biodiversity net gain on the site, scrub and scattered trees at the boundaries of the site should be retained with a ~3m buffer zone and enhanced to create corridors and shelter/foraging areas for wildlife including bats, birds, hedgehogs and small mammals.
We have received back the reports from the consultation surveys, as required in the pre-application. Following the public consultation event, we are collating the feedback received to strengthen our proposals, where we aim to submit the full application at the end of March 2022.
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