News: 6 October 2016Double solar farm success for Barton Willmore

Leading planning and design consultancy Barton Willmore have secured planning permission at appeal for two 5MW solar farms for Anesco Ltd.

Barton Willmore’s planning and landscape team successfully provided expert advice in relation to the potential impact on landscape character, visual amenity and loss of agricultural land on the two 10ha+ sites. A decision which consolidates Barton Willmore’s unbeaten track record in securing planning permission for solar farms.

The first application for a temporary 5MW solar farm at Wreay, sits on a 15 ha site west of the M6 approximately 8.5 km south of Carlisle while the second, also for a 5MW scheme, is located on a 10 ha site near Ollerton, Nottingham.

As well as environmental benefits from renewable energy generation, the schemes will also provide rural diversification, landscape and biodiversity enhancement as well as numerous economic benefits to the local community.

Claire Kent, Planning Director at Barton Willmore’s Leeds office said: “It is clear from these decisions that considerable weight can still be placed on the provision of renewable energy and despite limited harm arising from the temporary loss of Best and Most Versatile agricultural land or landscape impact, well thought out schemes which offer other benefits can be approved in the context of an assessment against national planning policy as a whole.”

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