A consultation on updated proposals for Springwell Solar Farm was announced today.
This will be the second stage of public consultation on the proposed solar farm with battery storage, which is located between Lincoln and Sleaford.
Feedback from the community and stakeholders, along with outputs of early environmental assessments and technical work, has helped to shape the updated proposals. Changes include further design of offsets from homes and villages, including proposals for new planting, as well as an overall reduction in the size of the area proposed for solar panels.
Consultation will run for six weeks from Thursday 11 January 2024, with all feedback to be submitted by 11.59pm on 22 February 2024. Feedback from this stage of consultation will be used to refine proposals before an application is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
Backed by EDF Renewables UK and Luminous Energy, Springwell Solar Farm would make a significant contribution to the UK’s future energy mix by providing enough clean, secure energy to power over 180,000 homes* every year – the equivalent of around half the homes in Lincolnshire**.
EDF Renewables UK’s Director of Storage, Solar and Private Wire Matthew Boulton said,
“We are grateful to everyone who shared their views with us earlier this year. Feedback will continue to be important as we refine our proposals for Springwell. I encourage everyone to get in touch, meet with us and share their views during the consultation.”
As part of the consultation, members of the public are invited to a series of public exhibitions to meet with the team behind Springwell and share their feedback. The exhibitions will take place at the following dates and locations:
- Wednesday 24 January – Scopwick Village Hall (4pm-8pm)
- Thursday 25 January – Ashby de la Launde Village Hall (3pm-7pm)
- Friday 26 January – The Venue, Navenby (12pm-4pm)
- Saturday 27 January – Metheringham Village Hall (11am-3pm)
- Tuesday 20 February – Blankney Old School (3pm-7pm)
A dedicated website: www.springwellsolarfarm.co.uk includes information on Springwell and will host consultation materials from Thursday 11 January 2024.
For further information, please contact:
0800 038 3486
The Statement of Community Consultation (setting out how Springwell Solar Farm proposes to consult the local community on the proposals) has been published today at springwellsolarfarm.co.uk and is available in hard copy at the following locations:
- Sleaford Library, 13-16 Market Place, Sleaford NG34 7SR
- The Venue, Navenby LN5 0JJ
Printed copies of the consultation materials will also be available at these locations from 11 January 2024.
* Based upon the average domestic electricity consumption per home (temperature corrected) per the Energy Consumption in the UK (published September 2021, Table C9 of ECUK: Consumption data tables)
** Based on 2021 census data (homes within the Lincolnshire County Council area