More than 80 acres to be used for Dengie solar farm

Maldon planners have backed BSR's solar farm (pic Low Carbon)

Try as we might to argue the case for rooftop solar, our landscape still bears the brunt of the march of solar farms across the county.
Maldon District Council’s planning committee has granted permission for the development of 81.5-acre Dengie Solar Farm south of Dengie village.
A previous application had been refused permission in July last year due to flooding concerns and impact on the character of the area, but BSR “carefully considered the council’s feedback in refusing the project” and “made a number of updates to its planning application ahead of resubmission”.
The changes were enough to persuade Maldon councillors and on Tuesday, March 12, permission to proceed was duly granted.
BSR says the scheme will power “approximately 4,751 homes”, “saving 4,208 tonnes of CO2 emissions per year”.
It is anticipated that the site will have a 40-year lifespan before being decommissioned.

  • To read the CPRE Essex policy statement on solar farms, click here