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Burnt House Farm Solar Farm

Burnt House Solar Farm received planning consent on 4 November 2022.

We are delighted to announce that the proposals for Burnt House Solar Farm received planning consent from Northumberland Council on 4 November 2022. 

We will continue to engage with the local community in the lead up to the start of construction to ensure the voices of the community remain heard

Introducing Burnt House Solar Farm

Where is the Proposed Burnt House Farm Solar Farm?

Bluefield Renewable Developments Ltd is pleased to announce that this project has received planning consent from Northumberland County Council for a solar farm on Land East of Burnt House Farm, Netherton Road, Bedlington, Northumberland. The planning application reference on Northumberland County Council’s planning portal is 22/01082/RENE.

The site is a former open cast coal mine that is currently in
arable use.

The Benefits

  • It will assist Northumberland County Council in reducing greenhouse gas emissions in line with national targets.

  • The proposed development will contribute towards the security of energy supply in Northumberland through the provision of local, renewable energy supply.

  • Public rights of way will be unaffected by the operational solar farm.

  • New hedgerow planting is proposed to contain and screen the solar farm from its surroundings.

  • This is a temporary development, allowing the land to rest for the period of operation up to 40 years. 

  • We anticipate that the solar farm will have a significant positive net biodiversity impact. Ecological enhancements being considered include tree planting, strengthening of existing hedgerows, planting of wildflower areas together with bird boxes and bat boxes.

  • Careful consideration has been given to the development to avoid affects on landscape, heritage or ecological designations.

  • The proposed solar farm will not require Government subsidy.

Indicative Site Layout Plan

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The project is situated to the north-east of Nedderton and north-west of Bedlington. The site consists of approximately 75.5 hectares of agricultural land which is currently used for arable farming. Existing hedgerows, woodland and other vegetation are present along the field boundaries both within and around the site. The proposed site is located east of Burnt House Farm, which is currently operating as a Trainbase Construction Facility and is positioned to the west of the site boundary. The village of Hepscott is positioned to the north-west of the site. The northern boundary is defined by the railway.

Following a thorough and wide-ranging land search this site was chosen based on site assessments undertaken such as soil quality and access to the grid. In particular, it is set within a landscape of mature hedgerows and wooded areas which affords excellent natural screening. It is predominantly Grade 3B land which is not the best and most versatile for agriculture.

In addition to having solar panels on the site, the proposal also includes biodiversity and landscape enhancement measures, such as new hedgerow planting and gapping up of existing hedgerows. This helps to minimise visual and environmental impacts. Sheep may also be grazed underneath the solar panels once operational, thereby offering dual use for the land.

Site Location Plan

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Public Consultation Event

Due to the recent increase in Coronavirus cases, we invite you to attend our public consultation webinar and Q&A session on Wednesday 26th January 2022, 6pm - 8pm.

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Founded in 2009, the Bluefield Group builds, manages and operates solar and other renewable energy projects on behalf of its clients. It currently operates over 100 solar farms in the UK with an aggregate capacity of over 610 MWp. As both a developer and operator of renewable energy projects, Bluefield seeks to build long-term relationships with landowners and the local community.

It aims to deliver high quality projects that generate significant renewable energy, have low visual impact and enhance biodiversity and land management.

For more information on Bluefield Development please visit our website

Project Timeline

January 2022


Pre-submission consultation

February 2022


Finalise proposed design

February 2022


Submit planning application

November 2022


Planning decision




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