EDF Renewables has developed plans to install a 49.9 MW solar farm – Bloy’s Grove - between the villages of Swainsthorpe and Mulbarton, just south of Norwich, which will be capable of generating enough low carbon electricity for the average needs of 14,600 South Norfolk households* annually.
A planning application was submitted to South Norfolk District Council in October 2021. You can download the Environmental Impact Assessment and other planning documents below. The council will consider the application and carry out their own public consultation on EDF Renewables’ plans, before reaching a decision.
EDF Renewables consulted the community on these proposals between 9th November 2020 and 11th January 2021. The project team received valuable feedback from local stakeholders and residents during the public consultation. EDF Renewables has also carried out environmental impact assessments and taking these and the feedback received into account has now refined its plans.
Amongst growing concern about climate change, which was clear in the consultation responses we received, the 49.9MW Bloy’s Grove project could contribute to saving around 14,000 tonnes** of carbon dioxide emissions each year. The project will also deliver significant additional local benefits. If planning permission is granted, a community fund of £20,000 will be paid annually for the 35-year lifetime of the project, double the sum proposed during the consultation period.
EDF Renewables has listened to the feedback received and has incorporated changes into the planning application. The number of panel rows in the north-east of the site has been reduced to reduce visual impact on nearby residents. EDF Renewables will also improve biodiversity on site, such as planting trees, hedges, and wildflower and grass meadow throughout the site. EDF Renewables has now also pledged to plant an orchard on the edge of the site and will organise community harvesting days.
Should 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.
* Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), 2020a, Sub-National Electricity Consumption Statistics.
** Department for Business, Enterprise and Industrial Strategy (DBEIS), 2020b, UK Government GHG Conversion Factors for Company Reporting.