East Stour Solar Farm – Second public consultation

Earlier this year, we introduced our proposals for East Stour Solar Farm and held an initial public consultation. We are grateful to everyone who took the time to share their feedback with us. We are now consulting on our detailed design proposals ahead of submitting a planning application to Ashford Borough Council later this year.

Having reviewed the feedback received during our first consultation, we have incorporated the following details into our design:

  •  Setting the solar panels back from neighbouring properties
  • Introducing areas for new wildlife habitats within the scheme boundary
  • Placing solar panels in areas of the site with less visual impact from local heritage assets

About East Stour Solar Farm

EDF Renewables is proposing a new solar farm on land south of the M20 and north-east of Aldington, connecting to the National Grid at Sellindge substation.

It would be capable of generating up to 49.9MW of renewable electricity. This is enough to meet the equivalent needs of approximately 17,000 homes in the Borough of Ashford every year.1

The whole site totals approximately102ha (252 acres) – but this includes land that may be used for planting and biodiversity improvements as well as solar panels.

1Based on European Commission, Photovoltaic GIS (PVGIS-SARAH) initial site production estimate and average domestic electricity consumption per Ashford Borough Council household (DBEIS, 2020). Numbers presented to three significant figures.

Find out more

We want your views on our updated proposals and are consulting until 29 November 2021.
We are making a range of other ways to find out more and respond to the consultation available. You can:


  • View a virtual public exhibition using the links on this page. This presents more information about our proposals (including our latest site plans) and how to take part in the consultation.


  • Visit one of our public exhibition events that we are holding in the area at the below dates and times –


               Tuesday 2 November, 3:30pm to 7:30pm
               Aldington Village Hall, The Corner, Roman Road, Aldington, Ashford TN25 7EE


               Wednesday 3 November, 2:30pm to 6:30pm
               Brabourne and Smeeth Village Hall, Bircholt Forstal, Lees Road, Brabourne, Ashford TN25 5LF


  • Contact us directly on east.stour@edf-re.uk or 0800 0194 576.