Solar farm plan for 65 acres at Little Horsted goes to council

Plans to build a solar farm on 65 acres of land at the Bentley Estate, Little Horsted, are before Wealden District Council.

This would include photovoltaic panels, mounting frames, inverters, transformers, substations, communications building, storage building, fence and pole-mounted security cameras.

It would take two to three months to build the solar farm with up to six HGVs a day accessing the construction site from the A22, Harvey’s Lane and an existing agricultural track.

There would be additional hedgerow planting along a footpath which passes the site and existing hedgerows along the boundaries would be strengthened.

Lightsource, the company submitting the planning application says the Bentley Estate is ideally situated for a solar project. It sits in a dip and is naturally well hidden by the land and an abundance of mature trees and hedgerows.

Sheep grazing would be introduced among  panels which would be installed in rows separated by wide grassy avenues. Of the 65 acres involved in the project 44 would be open grassland.

The PV panels would output enough electricity to power 2,400 typical households a year. The energy would be fed directly into the local power grid network for use by the nearest points of demand.

The operational life of the solar farm is expected to be between 30 and 35 years. After that all equipment would be removed from the site and it could revert to farmland.

A website has been set up about the Bentley Estate Solar Farm.

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