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To the project website for Bockingfold Solar Farm.

Bockingfold Solar Farm: Project Information

Voltalia is seeking to develop a new solar farm, to the north-east of Royal Tunbridge Wells, Kent.

As this project will deliver up to 49.9MWp of energy we must apply to the Local Planning Authority, which will either grant or refuse planning permission.

The proposed solar farm covers approximately 166 acres and could produce enough electricity to power approximately 15,120 homes. It will contribute to tackling the global climate emergency by displacing circa 16,550 tonnes of CO2 per year and help move the UK closer to achieving the targets for renewable energy generation set by the government. The project will also make a direct contribution to the UK’s energy security in the short term, helping reduce reliance on foreign energy imports.

We are currently in the process of undertaking surveys and assessments to help inform our proposed site layout and proposals. We are undertaking consultation on our draft proposals in May and June 2022, prior to submitting an application to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

This website provides information about the proposals, the forthcoming consultation process and how to let us know your thoughts on the plans. Find out more here.

Pre-application consultation

We have held public exhibitions at the following locations:

  • 25th May 12.00 to 18.00 at Wesley Centre, Commercial Road, Paddock Wood, TN12 6DS
  • 26th May 2022 12.00 to 18.45 at Horsmonden Village Hall, 7 Back Lane, Horsmonden, TN12 8NJ

For those unable to attend either of those events, we also held an online webinar on the proposals on 25th May and 28th June 18.30 to 19.30. A recording of the presentation given at the first meeting is available below:

We welcome any initial feedback you may have regarding our proposals so please feel free to get in touch to let us know your thoughts – either by returning a feedback form online, by post or via email. Further details about how to contact us to provide feedback, or to fill out an online form, can be found on the ‘Get in touch’ page.

All comments and feedback received will be taken into consideration as the proposals are finalised.

The need for renewables has never been greater, with a clear requirement for green, renewable, homegrown energy supplies to keep the UK’s lights on.

Timeline

Pre-application consultation

May 2022

We want to hear your views about the proposals, so we are undertaking local consultation on the plans before we submit our planning application.

Application submission

July 2022

Once we have received feedback from the local community, we will review and update our plans where appropriate in line with comments received. We will then prepare the application for submission to Tunbridge Wells Borough Council.

Once submitted, you will have another chance to comment on the plans directly to the Council, before a decision is taken.

Application determination (anticipated)

Autumn 2022

We anticipate that the application will be determined by Tunbridge Wells Borough Council this Autumn.

Construction

Winter 2022/2023

If approved, we aim to begin construction in early 2023. We will make sure to keep you updated through the process and will make information available on this website as we progress.

Site location

The site is set in a rural landscape between the villages of Marden and Paddock Wood. The proposed development area is relatively flat although the local topography does rise to the south at Castle Hill towards Brenchley. The northern section of the proposed development site is bounded by the River Teise and there is a railway line further north of the site.

The settlement of Marden is located approximately 2.6km east of the site and Paddock Wood to the west (circa 2.6km).

The site comprises several agricultural fields which have hedgerow boundaries interspersed with trees. The High Weald Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is to the south of the site, circa 3.2km away near Brenchley and Horsmonden.

The point of connection to the grid is on the site, meaning there will be no requirement of offsite works during construction.

 

Site location - Bockingfold

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