Padbury Brook Solar Farm

The farm, located in between Godington and Stratton Audley, would generate enough energy to meet the equivalent needs of around 16,680 UK homes.

The need for solar

In response to the climate emergency, the UK has legally committed to a zero-carbon economy by 2050. This can only be achieved with the rapid adoption and rollout of reliable, affordable, and clean energy sources.

Today, solar energy represents the cheapest form of energy generation in the UK. Beyond this, it has the potential to result in substantial ecological and environmental benefits where other forms of generation cannot. In April, the UK Government announced that they intend to increase solar power capacity fivefold in order to achieve a 100% net-zero electricity grid by 2035.

Locally, Cherwell District Council declared a climate emergency in 2020 and published the Climate Action Framework shortly thereafter. The Plan set a target for the District to lead the way and achieve Net Zero by 2030. This ambitious framework also notes the requirement of a 5x increase in solar energy in Oxfordshire, mirroring national targets.

Sources: Climate Change 2022: Impacts, Adaptation and Vulnerability, Sixth Assessment Report. IPCC (27 February, 2022) and 2020 UK Greenhouse Gas Emissions, Final Figures. UK Government Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (1 February 2022).

Our proposals

Padbury Brook Solar Farm would be located in between Godington and Stratton Audley, in the Cherwell District of Oxfordshire.

This location has been carefully chosen for its potential to deliver solar powered electricity to the grid. The planned solar farm will generate enough affordable, clean energy to meet the equivalent demand of over 16,680 UK homes and have CO2 savings in excess of 1,300,000 tonnes.

We are also planning to install batteries to store electricity which can be fed back into the local energy network to help balance the grid at times of high demand.

The consultation has now closed. We would like to thank everyone who engaged with the process, either via attending our open day on 28th July in Stratton Audley, the follow-up special parish meeting on 20th September, or via submitting comments online or in-person. These comments have helped to improve the scheme.


Solar farms generate affordable (9x cheaper than gas, 2.5x cheaper than nuclear), renewable energy and are helping the UK to move away from expensive, imported and domestic fossil fuels.

At JBM, we place a special focus on creating the greenest schemes possible and deliver industry leading biodiversity net gains on all of our sites.  We actively encourage the improvement of wildlife habitats and plant new trees, hedgerows and wildflower areas wherever we can.

Our projects also create local job and supply contract opportunities during the construction, operation and maintenance phase of our sites.

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About JBM Solar

Established in 2012, the JBM Solar team has a proven track record of securing consent for over 1GW of clean, green solar energy schemes in the UK and Ireland. We place a focus on developing sites that benefit both the community and local wildlife. JBM Solar is a part of RWE, the UK’s leading power generator.

Your project manager

I’m Robin and I’m the project manager for Padbury Brook Solar. As a trained ecologist, I’ve always placed a focus on improving proposals I work on to maximize the benefits for local wildlife. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch any time by email, mobile or in writing.

Robin Johnson
Project Manager

Telephone: 07901270413
Email: Info@PadburyBrookSolar.Farm

Address: Robin Johnson, JBM Solar,

33 Broadwick Street, London, W1F 0DQ

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