Public notices: A solar park could be built in Walthams – Photo 1 of 1

In public notices this week, candidates are looking to build a solar power park in Shurlock Row, while others are looking to install an 18m telephone mast in Cookham Dean.


WT Energy, a company focused on implementing green energy infrastructure, is looking to install a solar farm on land south of Valentines, The Straight Mile, Shurlock Row.

This would include ground mounted solar panels, power stations, hydrogen electrolyser compound, substation, fencing, CCTV and new access from The Straight Mile (B3018).

The plant would generate electricity for the grid. The applicant indicates that it could supply the equivalent of 6,336 homes with peak power, thus saving approximately 5,475 tonnes of CO2 per year.

A “small proportion” of what is generated will be used to power electrolyzers, which split water into its components (oxygen and hydrogen) to generate green hydrogen.

The development is expected to produce enough hydrogen to power the equivalent of 26 zero-emission buses per day.

To view all documents related to this application, enter reference 22/02820/FULL into the Royal Borough’s planning portal.

Meanwhile, CK Hutchison Networks (UK) Ltd has asked if prior permission is needed to install an 18m telephone mast at Cookham Dean.

A request for pre-approval effectively allows the applicant to bypass the entire planning process.

The works would include six antennas and four equipment and meter cabinets. It would be based on the southwestern edge of Ridgemount from Spring Lane to Bigfrith Lane.

The mast is “necessary” to ensure “the latest high quality 3G and 4G”. The column “will also ensure that new 5G coverage can also be provided in this location.”

The proposed height is ‘essential’ to ensure the delivery of the latest 4G and new 5G technologies, as higher frequencies have a ‘weakened’ radio signal which makes ‘the effects of congestion even greater’.

The company has ‘considered and reduced’ 11 other sites in Cookham, including rooftop Cookham Dean CE Primary or the Jolly Farmer pub; and at Cricket Common on Church Road.

To view all documents related to this request, enter 22/02780/TLDTT in the planning portal.

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Jack C. Nugent