Public consultation

We are holding a statutory public consultation on our proposals between 1 June and 13 July 2021. We want as many people to take part in the consultation as possible.

This is taking place in line with the requirements of the Planning Act 2008. We set out the way we will meet the requirement for projects of this type to consult with the local community in a document called a Statement of Community Consultation.

While there has been some relaxation of social distancing requirements by the Government, we still face restrictions on meeting residents in-person. We are therefore making available a range of ways to find out more and respond to the consultation. We have developed the consultation programme considering best practice guidance and advice from Essex County Council, Chelmsford City Council and Braintree District Council.

We will carefully consider all of the comments we receive as part of the consultation and set out how we have had regard to them in a Consultation Report. This will form part of our DCO application.

Find out more

You can find out more by:

You can find out more by:

  • Reading an information booklet we have published as part of the consultation
  • Viewing a virtual exhibition
  • Reading the Preliminary Environmental Information Report, available in the Downloads section

If you have questions, you can:

We are making consultation documents available at the following locations in the local area:

  • Hatfield Peverel Library, The St, Hatfield Peverel, Chelmsford CM3 2DP
  • Witham Library, 18 Newland St, Witham CM8 2AQ
  • Chelmsford Library, Chelmsford County Hall, Market Rd, Chelmsford CM1 1QH
  • St John The Evangelist Church, Church Lane, Little Leighs, Chelmsford CM3 1PQ

Documents will be available during normal opening hours. Access is subject to change due to COVID 19 – please check that a venue is open before making plans to travel.


We welcome feedback on our proposals for Longfield Solar Farm.Anyone can share their views by:

  • Completing a consultation questionnaire online
  • Returning a questionnaire to Longfield Solar Farm consultation, FREEPOST reference RTRB-LUUJ-AGBY, c/o SECNewgate UK, Sky Light City Tower, 50 Basinghall Street, London, EC2V 5DE or
  • Submitting their comments by email to or in writing to the above Freepost address.

Please note, responses must be received by the consultation deadline of 11.59pm on 13 July 2021.