White Cross Lane Solar Farm, Burton Pedwardine, NG34 0BN
White Cross Lane solar farm is located on 48 hectares of Grade 3 agricultural land approximately 3 kilometres south-east of Sleaford.
The project is made up of 6 fields and the proposed site design includes up to 19 inverter kiosks, a 33kV substation, storage building and switchgear housing.
The solar farm will produce enough power each year to supply approximately 7,460 homes, using Ofgem’s Typical Domestic Consumption Values, and will help to diversify a rural farm business as well as create local supply chain opportunities. It is intended that sheep will graze the fields once the solar farm is operational.
The panels will be a maximum of 3 metres high and there will be 3.5m wide crushed stone internal access tracks. There will be a 2 metre tall post and wire deer fence with CCTV cameras for site security.
It will take approximately 5 months to construct the solar farm. Construction vehicles will access the site via Mareham Lane then White Cross Lane using the existing access point to the south.
The site has been selected for its location outside sensitive designations, including landscape, heritage and ecology. Detailed assessments of the proposals will be undertaken, including Landscape and Visual Impact Appraisal, Ecology Appraisal, Flood Risk Assessment and Detailed Drainage Design, Heritage Impact Assessment and Agricultural Land Classification.
Comprehensive landscaping and biodiversity protection, enhancement and mitigation measures will be proposed, including new sections of hedgerows, wildflower planting, log piles, bat boxes and bird boxes.
The public footpaths which cross the site will remain open and will be protected.
Site Specific Details
The site location is outside any specific planning designations, and it not located in or adjacent to any National Park or Site of Special Scientific Interest.
Covering 6 fields, the land is Grade 3 agricultural land.
The south west corner of the site is located within flood zone 2 & 3, as identified from Natural England’s Long Term Flood Risk Assessment data.