The Planning and Landscape team have much to celebrate as they have secured planning approval for two 49.99MW Solar PV sites for two major Solar PV clients in the UK. The team lead each project from the outset, managing both sites from project inception at Pre-application through to successful determination for each respective client. Thanks to the extensive skill set available within both ADAS and the wider RSK Group, all the disciplines required to navigate the process successfully were sought in-house which significantly streamlined the process for both our clients.

First approval: Solar PV site planning application, East of England

Our first approval came on Monday, 6 December 2021 with a proposed 49.99 MW Solar PV site with a 15MW Battery Storage scheme in the east of England. This application faced several environmental constraints. Due to the site being near a SSSI and a RAMSAR site, there were ecology designations that required full consideration. Professional advice was sought from ADAS’s Ecology team and their early involvement meant these constraints could be dealt with quickly and efficiently. No objections were recorded from Natural England.

The other constraint for this site was its close proximity to an AONB. Expert reporting, assessment, advice and a thorough landscaping plan from ADAS’s Landscape team further strengthened the planning case for this approval.

The application was unanimously approved by the Council’s Planning Committee for Approval.

Second approval: Solar PV site planning application, Southeast of England

The second approval came on Thursday 9 December 2021 for a 49.99MW Solar PV site with a 20MW Battery Storage scheme located in the Green Belt within a designated landscape area which was also within close proximity of a SPA, RAMSAR, SSSI and a SAC. The site is located in the southeast of England and the ADAS Planning and Landscape team worked closely with the client, the Council, Natural England and with the Parish Council in devising a comprehensive landscaping scheme. The Solar PV panels were sited sensitively to ensure there was no harm to the overall visual amenity and the landscape of the local area.

Key to this was the Planning team’s expert advice and preparation of a Very Special Circumstances case regarding the proposal being within the Green Belt. Additionally, the ADAS Landscape team prepared a thorough Biodiversity Net Gain assessment.

This application was again unanimously approved by the Council’s Planning Committee for Approval.

These two significant successes demonstrate our expert capabilities and unrivalled expertise in securing approval for major developments in the renewable energy sector.

Kenny Dhillon, Director of ADAS Planning said

“These two approvals substantiate our client focused approach in ensuring they are advised correctly by experts to secure successful and robust outcomes. I am also thoroughly proud of my colleagues within the RSK ADAS Group who worked hard on both of these projects to ensure these projects were approved first time at their respective planning committees.”

Contact Kenny Dhillon Kenny.dhillon@adas.co.uk for more information about these projects or visit our Planning webpages to see our full range of services.