EDF Renewables is proposing to install a solar farm between Flore and Upper Heyford, north of the M1 corridor. Between 24 May and 5 July 2021 we consulted the community on these proposals.
We have listened carefully to what residents and other consultees have told us and made changes to the Glassthorpe Solar Farm proposals. The original panel layout has been changed. Where there are footpaths, panels will only flank one side of the path, and a buffer of 10 metres distance will be guaranteed. Panels to the west of Midshires Way have been removed, with remaining panels in this part of the site positioned behind the hedge and screened from view. We have also proposed to create a new temporary construction access to access the site. This will be 30m northwest along Main Road, and away from the existing unclassified road in Upper Heyford. By doing this we avoid using the junction in Upper Heyford. We will also work closely with local stakeholders to ensure users of any bridleways or footpaths are considered throughout construction and operation.
We submitted a planning application for Glassthorpe Solar Farm to West Northamptonshire Council in April 2022. West Northamptonshire Council will examine the planning application and carry out its own consultation before deciding whether the solar farm can go ahead. Should planning permission be granted, we will start construction of the solar farm in 2023.
Our initial feasibility assessments indicate the site is well suited for a solar farm. The site will connect into the Northampton West substation and will have an output power capacity of 49 .9 MW (Megawatts), generating enough low carbon energy to power the equivalent of 9,5621 homes.
West Northamptonshire Council will run the next consultation on the application, however should local residents wish to speak to us or write to us about the proposals please feel free to get in touch by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
1 Based upon the average domestic electricity consumption per home (temperature corrected) per the Energy Consumption in the UK (published July 2019, Table C9 of ECUK: Consumption data tables)