Hatton Solar Farm

Hatton Solar Farm

Hatton Solar Farm is owned and developed by Push the project site is located in Great Sturton, Horncastle, Lincolnshire, LN9 5NX. The solar farm will have a nominal AC capacity of 49.99 MW. The project will be built over an area of circa 74 ha, this site will be used to generate electricity for 40 years, after this time the land will be returned to its original state. The electricity generated from the solar farm will be exported to the local power grid and will be enough to power approximately 21,000 UK homes per year. This clean, renewable electricity will help East Lindsey District Council meet its target of net zero carbon emissions by 2040. There will be significant biodiversity enhancements, with a mixture of hedging plants and indigenous shrubs proposed on site. As a priority push will work to ensure public rights of way will remain open and will be screened by the existing and new hedgerows.
 
The solar farm project is part of a pipeline of projects by Push, an experienced developer of renewable energy projects in the UK. As the project goes through a rigorous planning process, it will be supported by experienced planning and design consultants at Sustainable Planning Design Studio Ltd. (SPD-Studio). Push and SPD-Studio will work closely with the local planning authority and communities to ensure the project is developed and built to a high standard, which will create local jobs, increase biodiversity in the area, and minimise any disruption to the local community during the construction phase. 

About Push

Push are a Colchester based company, in the county of Essex. We are renowned for our ability to develop, construct and operate high quality renewable energy assets. Our team hold in depth energy industry experience in developing, constructing, and operating energy scale ground mount and roof top solar PV projects.

Push is unique in the solar industry, whereby we are vertically integrated with an in-house construction team (EPC). This gives Push a complete overview and control from conception through to completion. Push work with the landowners, local stakeholders, planners, and the power networks to supply renewable, green power into the local grid. In selecting sites, we look for minimum visual impact with appropriate landscaping, viable grid connection and ecological improvement with double-cropping by grazing, ensuring that at the end of the project’s life the land can be returned to agricultural use.

Push’s mission is to provide a professional and cost-effective solution to the supply and demand of large-scale green generation through the use of renewable technologies. Since our conception, Push has designed and installed 350 MW of solar generation systems in the UK. Our work has displaced 13,350 tonnes of CO2 per year and provided clean renewable energy to 105,000 households in the UK.

To date Push have concentrated in the development and realisation of PV power plants of various sizes from site selection to plant construction and on-going operational and maintenance support.

Acting on behalf of Push are our experienced planning & design consultants SPD-Studio, who have been working closely with Push to produce the design drawings and planning documents. 

For more information on Push, please visit: www.pushenergy.co.uk 

What are the benefits of Hatton Solar Farm?

National Benefits 


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. 

Community Benefits 


Hatton Solar Farm will provide low-cost renewable energy in the District of East Lindsey. Local power generation will contribute to the overall energy supply in the area and can contribute to local business opportunities. Hatton Solar Farm will bring in an annual income to the area which will contribute to the local economy and can generate job opportunities. Hatton Solar Farm will also intend to keep the permissive rights of way accessible for the life of the project.   

Push is open to discussing further community benefits that can be provided to the local community, during the consultation stage. 

Environmental Benefits


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. 

As part of constructing the site, the proposal is made to include wild flower meadows, hedge and tree planting, installations of bird/bat boxes and solitary bee hives. This enhanced biodiversity is made possible by taking the land out of intensive agricultural farming and resting the land for 40 years, improving the soil quality and allowing wildlife to thrive.

Why Here?

This site has been carefully selected as part of a detailed feasibility process which includes the consideration of grid capacity, sunlight irradiation and material planning considerations including; cultural heritage, ecology and biodiversity, flood risk, landscape visual impact and land grading. A variety of technical surveys are being carried out to confirm that the land is suitable for solar energy farm use. The area has an increasing demand for energy and has a technically and commercially viable grid connection. The area benefits from a nearby point of connection to the electricity network, avoiding excessive and unnecessary disruption and roadworks.

Push has worked to secure a grid connection that was initially planned to connect a 60MW gas fuelled power station. By converting the grid connection to accommodate a solar PV power station, which will directly benefit the local community as renewable energy projects do not contribute negatively to the environment in comparison to gas fuelled power stations.

Planning Process

Pre-Application

Pre-application advice was sought on this site in August 2021, and it was concluded that the principle of the proposal for solar on this site would be acceptable subject to various further assessments being undertaken as part of the planning application including:

  • 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

Mitigation Measures


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.

Current Stage


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.

You will be available to view the applications progress on the East Lindsey District Council Website in the planning applications section.

Next Steps - Timeline

Once the application has been submitted, we will await East Lindsey District Council’s decision as to whether our solar farm proposal at Hatton can proceed. 

If we are successful in consent for development, we will enter a 6-week judicial review. This is a type of court proceeding, which challenges the way in which a decision has been made, rather than the rights and wrongs of the conclusion reached. 

If we are granted permission in the judicial review, construction of Hatton Solar Farm will commence, which will take approximately 20 weeks to build.

If you have any queries, please email us at: info@spd-studio.co.uk