We purchase land and lease land on long-term leaseholds. We prefer to buy land but are happy to lease. Here is what landowners who have worked with us have to say about their experience:
Martin Smith, Landowner of Burnham Wick Farm
Countryside Renewables oversaw the development of a 5MW, 22000-panel solar farm on a 25-acre site at Burnham Wick Farm. After an initial approach by the landowner to a larger company, scoping showed that a preferred site would be located a reasonable distance from Burnham, they chose not to proceed.
Countryside Renewables literally knocked on the door with a positive “can do” attitude to drive the project ahead. Various hurdles were successfully negotiated with an all important grid connection being the starting point. Planning was given considerable care with environmental aspects being incorporated into the design to fit with the landowners on farm ethos. Particular features included a screening mixed hedge and wildflower sowing both within and outside the perimeter fence. Nest boxes and dead wood were incorporated into the design to encourage birdlife and reptiles. A viewing platform was constructed affording a clear view of the site acting as an ideal position for local school trips to study solar power.
The installation proceeded quickly and efficiently with a range of teams involved in the design and implementation of the project, a true multinational affair with the workforce being drawn from within and outside Europe. The project manager overseeing the construction worked closely with the landowner facilitating deliveries and cable route development enabling the construction phase to proceed with minimal impact on the day job of farming.
Countryside Renewables guided the whole from project from its inception to completion in an efficient and positive manner with a good working relationship with the landowner and were able to overcome a whole range of potential deal breakers to construct a valuable asset to local electricity generation, I would strongly support working with them!