Location: Situated on land south of Kippax, east of Great Preston, north of Allerton Bywater and west of the A656
Local authority: Leeds City Council
Postcode of offices on site: WF10 2HR
Size: c50 hectares (c123.55 acres)
Site Status: Leeds City Coucnil’s City Plans Panel unanimously approved the planning application in June 2021. Technical work is ongoing including detailed site investigation work and construction of the solar farm is expected to commence early 2022.
History: After undergoing a detailed land search across the Leeds City Council area, the Barnsdale Solar site was identified as having the best opportunity to create a solar park that links directly into the electricity substation adjacent to the site.
The local electricity grid has sufficient capacity to accommodate our proposed south facing Barnsdale site.
An existing access point off Barnsdale Road will be used as the entrance to the development and the site is well screened with mature trees and hedgerows.
Project description: The proposal is to build a solar farm with an installed capacity of up to 50MW, which would generate enough electricity to cover the annual electrical consumption of approximately 12,000 homes each year. This is enough to power every household in Kippax and Methley along with half the houses in Garforth and Swillington. Limited grid infrastructure will be required as the solar farm will utilise the existing Ledston Primary substation. Having completed the necessary technical assessments and studies to inform the planning application, the planning application was submitted to Leeds City Council in November 2020 and after being recommended for approval by officers, it was minded to approve by Leeds City Council Plans Panel in June 2021. We are currently awaiting confirmation of planning permission.
The land used for the solar farm creates a safe place where nature and wildlife can flourish. The ground beneath the solar panels can allow the creation of a wildflower meadow and increased planting in hedgerows and field boundaries can bring both landscape and wildlife benefits. We are keen to ensure a net gain in biodiversity on the site to ensure a benefit to wildlife, linking with the adjacent nature reserve and supporting and enhancing the Leeds Habitat Network along the Sheffield Beck running through the site. The specific enhancements will be decided using the results of our ecological surveys and liaison with the Council and other relevant organisations.
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