Solar Farms in the area.

Shedfield Parish Council have been advised that plans have been submitted for a Solar Farm at Church Farm – west of B2177 on the Waltham Chase/Bishops Waltham Boundary.

I do not have the application number at present, but this is the proposal that went to public consultation in November last year.  The Solafields website has more details.  The full details were stated in a leaflet that can be read here.

“The planning application is for a 12MW solar farm, which would generate enough renewable electricity to power the equivalent of 3,636 average households”

This seems to be  the continuation of the development proposed last November as stated in the Hampshire Chronicle.  See the 12th November 2014  Hampshire Chronicle article below.


There is another application ‘pending consideration’ already in the pipeline as can been on the planning applications page dated 16th January 2015  15/00082/FUL by Waltham Solar Ltd.

“The installation of ground mounted photovoltaic solar panels, central inverter housings and perimeter fencing to create a 3 MWp solar park”

This application is filed under Bishops Waltham rather than Shedfield parish planning applications in WCC system, so some may not be aware of it’s existence. The application is closed for comments now.

The previous solar farm was at Raglington Farm as application number: 12/00913/FUL

“Construction of solar park; installation of solar panels to generate up to 5mw of electricity with transformer housings, security fencing and cameras, landscaping and other associated works.”

This is run by Hive energy see more information on their page.

Winchester City Council announces solar farm revenue

First published Sunday 6 April 2014 in NewsHampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Authorby Andrew Napier

“The four schemes have seen some £212,000 in planning fees in 2012/13, said Cllr Victoria Weston, portfolio holder for built environment.”

So the  • Raglington Farm, Shedfield, generated  £24,000.

Total ‘solar’ electricity generation.

So soon we should have 20MWp of electricity being supplied to the grid from Shedfield parish.  If anyone knows of any other solar farm sites please let us know so we can add to the total.



 Hampshire Chronicle: Photograph of the Author By James Johnson


View plans for solar farm that could power 4,500 Hampshire homes

PLANS for a solar panel farm in rural Hampshire that could power more than 4,500 homes will be made public at an exhibition.

Hampshire Chronicle:

A solar farm could be built near Bishop’s Waltham that could power 4,500 Hampshire homes

Residents will be able to discuss the project, which could be built between Bishop’s Waltham and Waltham Chase, with members of the Solafields team.

Developers Solafields say the solar farm would generate up to 15 megawatts of renewable electricity, which would power 4,545 average households and save up to 6,450 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

Mark Candlish of Solafields said: “As well as providing clean renewable energy the solar farm could deliver many local benefits, such as financial contributions to local project, biodiversity enhancements, and jobs.

“We are looking forward to meeting people at the exhibition and hearing their comments about our plans.”

The project is at an early stage and the suitability of the site is being assessed, while studies testing the potential effects of the development on the area have begun.

The exhibition will be held at Jubilee Hall in Bishop’s Waltham from 4.30pm until 8.30pm on Thursday, November 20.


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2 Responses to Solar Farms in the area.

  1. patstaples says:

    i like the idea of green energy, and maybe solar panels in a field are better for Waltham Chase than hundreds more houses that our infrastructure cannot support. Depends how sympathetically the development is installed. They do say perimeter hedging will conceal it.

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