YATE & MOOREND - Pre-Planning Application Consultation for proposed solar panel schemes

South Gloucestershire Council’s Climate Change Strategy was adopted in April 2013 and includes ambitious targets to reduce carbon emissions and generate energy from renewable sources. In the strategy we made a commitment to assess land suitable for renewable energy developments. As a result we are proposing two ground mounted solar PV (photovoltaic) schemes at land adjoining our Badminton Road Offices in Yate and one on land at Moorend between the M4 and the A4174 Ring Road.


We have taken big steps to reduce costs and energy consumption across our estate by consolidating our buildings and installing energy saving measures and devices and are continuing to do this. Our plans will help us further reduce our running costs, manage the impacts of rising energy prices and reduce our carbon emissions. 


The proposed schemes are relatively small compared to the commercial solar schemes already operational within the district. The Badminton Road scheme would cover 2.5 acres and supply electricity directly to our offices equivalent to 50% of our use. Any excess would be sold back to the grid. The Moorend scheme would cover 5 acres and supply electricity equivalent to that used in 195 homes. This would be sold to help offset our energy costs. In comparison, the commercial scheme at Says Court Farm, Westerleigh covers 100 acres. Please view the consultation documents for further details about the proposals.


We are now inviting comments on these proposals to ensure the views of our residents are taken into consideration. Residents living within close proximity to the proposed sites have been contacted directly by post. We are also holding two public exhibitions (please see details below) where representatives of the council and the scheme consultants will be available to answer your questions.


To have your say and tell us your views:

  • Complete our online feedback form
  • Download a copy of the feedback form and send it to the freepost address below
  • Attend the exhibition: Two exhibitions will be held in the reception area of the council offices at Badminton Road, Yate, BS37 5AF on Monday, 1 September, 3 - 7pm and on Tuesday, 2 September, 3 - 8 pm. Representatives of the council and the consultants working on this project will be available during these times to answer any questions.
  • Email: Sustainability@southglos.gov.uk
  • Write to: FREEPOST RTCT-JXLE-EET, Solar schemes Yate and Moorend, Environment & Climate Change, Civic Centre, High Street, Kingswood, Bristol, BS15 9TR
  • Phone: Jane Thompson: 01454 863870, Rob Webbon: 01454 863468


 Please submit your comments by 10 September 2014.


This consultation has now closed and we are analysing the results, which will be published here in due course.


  • Opened
    15 Aug 2014 at 00:00
  • Closed
    10 Sep 2014 at 23:59



Consultation Topic
  • Environment
Geographical area
  • Dodington
  • Frampton Cotterell
  • Ladden Brook
  • Westerleigh
  • Winterbourne
  • Yate Central
  • Yate North
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Target Audience
  • All residents
  • Councillors / MPs / MEPs
  • Town and Parish Councils
Contact Details


Jane Thompson: 01454 863870

Rob Webbon: 01454 863468