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.