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Proposed Birch Solar Farm

Low Carbon is introducing proposals for a new solar farm co-located with battery storage, to be known as Birch Solar Farm located on land to the north of Hardy's Green and west of Heckfordbridge. The solar project will be sited within the Parishes of Birch and Copford with Easthorpe.

The project, which is in the early stages, will consist of solar PV along with battery storage.  The proposed area is approximately 80 hectares of land immediately to the north of Hardy’s Green and will generate up to 49.9MW (same size as Layer Solar Farm).  The proposed solar farm will be linked to the grid at Abberton.  Low Carbon will be holding a public consultation event in Birch to introduce the project to the community and answer any questions they might have.  An application to the Borough Council will be submitted in late May/early June.

The project, which is in the early stages, will consist of solar PV along with battery storage.  The proposed area is approximately 80 hectares of land immediately to the north of Hardy’s Green and will generate up to 49.9MW (same size as Layer Solar Farm).  The proposed solar farm will be linked to the grid at Abberton.  Low Carbon will be holding a public consultation event in Birch to introduce the project to the community and answer any questions they might have.  An application to the Borough Council will be submitted in late May/early June.

You can meet members of Low Carbon in person on Tuesday 7th June 2022 at the Birch Memorial Hall, 2:30pm-7:30pm at Birch Memorial Hall, Birch, Colchester CO2 OLZ.

To submit feedback please visit the project website.
Project website: www.birchsolarfarm.co.uk
Email: info@birchsolarfarm.co.uk
Call the Freephone information line: 0800 1422628 (Monday-Friday, 9am--5pm)
Write: Freepost LOW CARBON UK SOLAR DEVELOPMENT
Please note the deadline for the submission of feedback is Wednesday 15th June 2022.

For those wishing to object to the application, please bear in mind that your objections must be material planning considerations, such as location, highways issues (access/traffic), effects on buildings and amenity (visual intrusion, noise and disturbance etc).  Other things to take into consideration are Government policy, local authority plans and policies, effect on a specially designated area, e.g. conservation area.

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