In 2007 a feasibility study was undertaken that identified the potential of agricultural land at Kingston Farm to accommodate Bradford on Avon’s the growth in employment and housing needs over the plan period (until 2026). An extensive process of engagement with the local community led to the land’s allocation as a strategic site in Wiltshire Council’s Core Strategy.
In response to the desire to promote an exemplary development, the first phase of the scheme, comprising a standalone solar PV array extending to 15ha, was secured in 2011. In response to changes to Feed-in-Tariff rates announced by the Government mid-application, the decision-making process was fast-tracked by Wiltshire Council. The 5MW solar PV array was successfully installed in October 2012.
The intention is that the array, which is presently hard-wired to the nearby Anthony Best Dynamics factory, will provide renewable electricity to the commercial element of the mixed-use planning application proposals. This will comprise a replacement factory for Anthony Best Dynamics, and a new work-hub facility.
The residential element of the scheme is being promoted by CG Fry and Son. The scheme also includes extensive off-site infrastructure, strategic landscaping and allotments.
Following the successful conclusion of an open book viability process, and completion of a s.106 agreement, PlanningSphere secured planning permission in November 2014. We are advising on the implementation stage of the project.