Wood Lane Solar PV Scheme

The Development comprises solar photovoltaic (PV) panels that will provide up to 49.9 MW of power.

Wood Lane Site Paln

Above: Wood Lane Solar PV Scheme Location Plan

Introduction

In January 2022, SPR acquired the Wood Lane Solar PV project from Elgin Energy as part of a portfolio of 17 projects with a combined capacity of more than 800 MW. The portfolio will be the largest to be delivered in the UK’s post-subsidy market, demonstrating the key role that solar PV combined with storage will play in the UK’s future generation mix, providing flexible and competitive renewable energy.

Location

The Wood Lane Solar PV project is located on agricultural land south of Wood Lane, near Sturton-le-Steeple, Nottinghamshire, toward the northeastern Nottinghamshire boundary in Engand. The land subject of the application comprises a number of arable fields (approximately 95.3 ha) located to the south of South Wheatley and west of Sturton-le-Steeple, with access gained from Wood Lane to the north.  The Site is located within the Bassetlaw District Council.

Proposed Development / Project History

The Wood Lane solar PV project was consented in August 2020 for ground mounted solar PV panels with associated infrastructure. The area within the red line planning boundary is approximately 95.3 hectares (ha). However, within this, the infrastructure would typically occupy an area of approximately 32 ha (33%) and would have a capacity not exceeding 49.9 MWp. The project would connect to the grid via an existing tower associated with a 132 kV overhead line cable which runs through the centre of the site.

The Site will be accessed from Wood Lane via Wheatley Road. Wheatley Road can be accessed from the north via Gainsborough Road and the A631. Alternative routes to site were considered, namely approaching through South Wheatley and North Wheatley via Low Road and approaching from the south through Sturton le Steeple via Leverton Road however these routes were discounted so as to avoid impact on minor roads and villages as far as possible.

View Site layout plan.

SPR completed the acquisition of Wood Lane solar PV project in January 2022. Since this time, SPR have been drafting material to support pre-commencement planning conditions.  Construction is programmed to commence in Q3 2023.

Design Considerations & Evolution

Since acquiring the site in January 2022, SPR has undertaken archaeological trenching on site as a requirement of a pre-commencement planning condition.  On-site consultation with the County Archaeologist has been undertaken to evaluate finds of open trenches.  Any archaeological finds will therefore be considered in finalising the design and mitigation proposed.

In terms of grid works, discussions are being held with the Distribution Network Operator to finalise connection details on site. 

Further details on the finalised design will be available prior to commencement of construction.

Site Enhancements / Key benefits

Embedded design mitigation includes planting proposals and enhancements designed to complement and enhance the existing landscape character, to contribute to the landscape character/green infrastructure of the wider area and to minimise visual effects. A summary of the enhancement measures is provided below:

  • Approximately 950 m of new hedgerows will be planted across the site;
  • A total of 38 trees will be planted as informal groups;
  • Any gaps within existing hedgerows will be planted and maintained to a 3.0m height;
  • Three areas of woodland (5,750 m2) will be planted within and on the boundaries of the Site;
  • The Site will be sown with a traditional grassland mix and grazed by livestock.  Margins adjoining the route of the Public Right of Way (area of approximately 2.5 ha) which crosses the Site will be sown with a wildflower mix and managed for the benefit of wildlife.

View the planting plan.

The above benefits introduce enhanced biodiversity potential to the site and its immediate surroundings whilst maintaining continued agricultural use on site.  As such, effects on ground condition as the site will be restored and returned to its current agricultural state with the addition of biodiversity enhancements 40 years after first export of electricity.

The proposal represents a significant and important contribution to meeting the binding targets the UK is required to achieve in 2030 and 2050.

Community Consultation

Consultation is key to the way SPR develops projects and ensure that local communities and stakeholders are given the opportunity to provide feedback throughout the various stages.

As SPR progress with the Wood Lane Solar Development, this webpage will be revised on a regular basis with project updates. You can contact the project team on the project mailbox address noted in the "Contact" section below.

Project Documents

View the Wood Lane solar PV project planning documents

Contact

The Project Team can be contacted directly by email.

 

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