5 February 2016
Our planners helped to secure planning permission for a solar farm near Romsey in Hampshire on behalf of our client British Solar Renewables. The solar farm will have a generating capacity of up to 5MW, enough to meet the annual energy requirements of approximately 1,300 homes.
The planning application overcame a number of challenges, including a Local Gap designation covering half the site and an associated planning policy which seeks to prevent coalescence between towns and villages. WYG’s planners put forward a case that the proposed development would not impact on the long-term function of the Local Gap and also presented evidence of other forms of development consented within the Local Gap.
WYG’s role on this project included:
• An initial site appraisal;
• Preparation and submission of an EIA Screening Request;
• Pre-application consultation with the Local Planning Authority and local community;
• Review and co-ordination of reports and other inputs from specialist environmental consultants;
• Preparation, coordination and submission of the planning application, and
• Liaison with the planning officer and statutory consultees.