Solar panels with wildflowers

Sheepwash Solar Farm

A 49.9MW solar energy development in Kent

Statkraft submitted a planning application to Maidstone Borough Council for a solar farm on land at Little Cheveney Farm, between Claygate and Marden. The planning application was refused by Maidstone Borough Council’s Planning Committee in October 2022. 

We still believe that our proposal can deliver significant benefits, helping to tackle the climate crisis while boosting biodiversity and investment in the local community. As a result, we have now submitted an appeal against this refusal to the Planning Inspectorate. 

As part of this process, the Planning Inspector has agreed that some amendments can be made to the development and considered through the appeal. A consultation on proposed scheme amendments took place from Tuesday 5th December to Friday 5th January.

Summary of the orginal application 

The climate emergency is real. Kent is already experiencing the effects of climate change - hotter, drier summers, warmer, wetter winters and more frequent and severe extreme weather.

This project offers the single biggest action Maidstone Borough Council can take right now to tackle climate change.

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Solar farm

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Project timeline

  • Stage 1: EIA Scoping Request


  • Stage 2: Pre-application consultation

    March/April 2023

  • Stage 3: Planning application submitted

    Winter 2023  


  • Stage 4: Construction


  • Stage 5: Operation (20+ years)



The project team

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Gui Zandomeneghi
Principal Project Manager, Solar
Seumas Skinner
Community Liaison Manager
Suzy Kerr
Community Liaison Manager

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