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Our second phase of consultation ran from Thursday 30th November 2023 to Thursday 8th February 2024.
We would like to thank everyone who engaged with our updated proposals and who submitted feedback. All feedback that the project team received will be considered to help further shape the proposals as we move towards DCO application submission.
You can continue to contact us by email, our freephone information line and by freepost. Our contact details can be found at the bottom of the page.
You can also continue to read our Preliminary Environmental Impact Report here.
Photovolt Development Partners (PVDP) is proposing Botley West Solar Farm, a new solar farm in the west of Oxfordshire.
Botley West could deliver 840 megawatts (MW) of clean, affordable power to the National Grid, contributing to reducing carbon emissions and improving UK energy security. The project will connect to a new National Grid substation, to be built by National Grid near Farmoor reservoir, to the west of Botley, hence the name Botley West.
Our Phase Two Proposals
Botley West has an agreement to provide 840 MW of clean, affordable power to the National Grid, providing enough electricity for the equivalent of 330,000 homes.
Botley West has increased minimum buffer zone distances between solar panels and all buildings, as well as providing significant increases to the buffer zones near residential areas.
Botley West seeks to increase recreational use and access across the site through the creation of new footpaths and cycle paths.
Botley West now includes a Landscape and Ecology Masterplan and will deliver a minimum Biodiversity Net Gain of at least 70%.
Botley West has removed solar development directly south of Oxford Airport to enable the installation of runway lighting that will improve safety.
Botley West is exploring a dynamic and wide-ranging community benefits package.
Indicative Project Timeline
Early engagement with local authorities
Refinement of proposals
Scoping request submitted to PINS
Consultation on the Draft SoCC with LPAs
Phase Two Statutory Consultation and
publication of the SoCC and PEIR
DCO application submission
Anticipated DCO decision from Secretary of State