Our Proposals

The proposed development comprises three main parts. First, an electric vehicle charging station. Second, a ground-mounted solar farm together with all associated equipment and infrastructure. Third, a battery storage system. The EV charging station is an innovative form of technology with only a few other comparable such examples in the country.  The location reflects an identified regional 'gap' in charging infrastructure for EVs. It is anticipated the combined capacity of the solar farm and batteries would be circa. 18 megawatts.

Cafe Work

The electric vehicle charging station element of the scheme would comprise:

Construction of a new access off the existing lay-by to the south of the A354; 

Up to 6 ultra-rapid (up to 350kW) and 6 rapid (43-100kW) charging

points providing the ability to charge up to 12 EVs at any one time.

These chargers would be suitable for all types of modern, light-duty

EVs and would not be restricted to any particular EV manufacturer;

Public rest facilities including public conveniences, a small

café/shop and seating/rest area within an up to two storey

building located near to the covered walkway and canopy of

the EV charging points;

All necessary associated development and facilities,

including car parking space, hardstanding, landscaping

and outdoor seating.​

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​The solar farm element of the scheme would comprise:

Photovoltaic modules installed on a simple metal framework

mounted on piles driven into the ground, avoiding the need for

substantive foundations. Each would have an overall height of up

to 3m depending on existing ground levels which would be


Various buildings (all of single storey height) and associated electrical

equipment and infrastructure necessary for the operation of the solar

 farm, including a distribution network operator switching station

building, client switching station building, storage unit and a number of inverter/transformers located across the site with there likely being at least

one in each of the four fields;

Fencing and a CCTV system (looking inwards) within the site boundary would be

installed around the site’s perimeter while access tracks will be constructed within the site.​

​The battery storage element of the scheme would comprise:

Up to 6 containers located adjacent to the electric vehicle charging station within a fenced compound (for safety and security).

Associated access and hard standing within perimeter

fencing and CCTV.

Electricity generated by the solar farm would be stored in of the proposed batteries within the containers and energy released as and when required to the local electricity grid and/or the electric vehicle charging station. The batteries proposed would increase the operational flexibility of the proposed solar farm, facilitate EV charging and potentially provide services to help with the efficient operation of the local electricity system.

An underground grid connection would be installed to connect the project to the local electricity grid at the existing Winterborne Kingston sub-station on West Street approximately 1 mile south of the project.

The development proposals will be refined as the Blandford Hill Eco Hub progresses over the next few months and will be presented, for comment, as part of the public consultation for the scheme, expected in early Spring 2021.

Economic Benefits