Adur Valley Solar Farm

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Latest news on the solar farm plans, and why we are supporting them

Plans for the Adur Valley solar farm have been adjusted and resubmitted to Horsham District Council.  They have been scaled back slightly from earlier proposals put forward in January 2022.

The proposal site is at Huddlestone Farm, just north of Steyning.  It is the far side of a slight ridge, so will be largely invisible from the south side, and will be hidden by trees and hedges from most directions.

If approved, it would be a step change in making the local community self-sufficient in low carbon renewable energy.  The scheme would generate around 17 MW, enough power on average over the year for 3400 homes – 73% of all the households in Steyning, Bramber & Beeding.

Greening Steyning has studied the plans carefully and is strongly backing the scheme, having looked at implications for wildlife, agriculture and the landscape.  You can read our full analysis here.

Horsham District Council is yet to decide whether to approve the scheme.  But Steyning Parish Council Planning Committee, having objected to a previous version, gave its blessing to the revised plans at its July meeting.

You can find details of the plans and all the consultation responses on the HDC Planning Portal.  Click on the ‘Related Documents’ button to see all the documentation, and the ‘Comments’ button to have your say.

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