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Glebe Solar & Energy Storage Project

The project comprises a 10MW Solar PV array and co-located Energy Storage Scheme, on land west of Waltham Chase, Hampshire, within the Winchester City Council administrative boundary. 

  • Size:
    10MW
  • Location:
    Hampshire, UK
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About Glebe Project

  • The four fields comprising the site measure approximately 53 acres in total. 
  • Temporary planning permission will be sought for a 40-year operational period. 
  • The infrastructure would be decommissioned, and the land fully restored after the operational period. 
  • Enhancements to 450 metres of hedgerow are proposed to screen the site from the public footpath. 
  • The landscaping proposals would deliver a significant biodiversity net gain. 
  • The energy that would be generated is equivalent to powering approximately 5,320 homes per annum. 
  • The scheme represents an annual saving of approximately 4,767 metric Tonnes of CO2. 

Project timeline

The following timeline is indicative and is dependent on planning approval from Winchester City Council. 

  • 2023
    Site identified
  • 2023
    Grid offer accepted
  • Spring 2024
    Planning surveys & Community engagement
  • Autumn 2024
    Submit Planning Application
  • Winter 2024/2025
    Planning decision
  • 2025-2027
    Construction starts
  • 2027-2047
    Site operational

Why this site?

  • The site is outside of environmentally sensitive areas and is not subject to any statutory landscape, ecological, or heritage designations. 
  • There is an opportunity to significantly increase the biodiversity of the site and support existing wildlife. 
  • The site benefits significantly from natural screening provided by the local topography and extensive vegetation. 
  • There are no residential properties nearby that would be subject to adverse amenity impacts, including noise. 
  • Safe and suitable access can be provided throughout all stages of the development. 
  • A viable Grid Connection Offer has been accepted from the Distribution Network Operator, Scottish and Southern Electricity Networks (SSEN) to connect into the new Netley Common – Bishops Waltham 33kV circuit, approximately 1km north-east of the site. 

Indicative project plans

The plans below are indicative only and are subject to change in response to community feedback and the results of our preparatory survey works. 

  • Proposed site location

  • Proposed site layout

Current Status 

The project is at the design stage of the development process which means there is still an opportunity to influence the scheme before a planning application is submitted. Your feedback is important to us and we welcome any suggestions on how the proposals could be improved. 

Community Engagement 

We are hosting a public exhibition event on Thursday 18th April 2024 from 3pm to 7:30pm at Waltham Chase Methodist Church, Curdridge Lane, Waltham Chase SO32 2LD. This will provide an opportunity for people to find out more about the project, view our plans and discuss the proposals with the development team. If you are unable to attend the event, the exhibition materials will be made available on this webpage after the event. 

 

We welcome your feedback throughout all stages of the project and will happily respond to any queries you may have. You can email us at glebe@ep-development.com or phone 01726 218 618.