Bell Cornwell has experience of many solar renewable energy projects and recently have been involved with a project to provide photovoltaic panels to a site near Bentworth, East Hampshire.
The main considerations that need to be addressed when submitting a planning application for photovoltaic panels include:
Renewable energy projects have been supported in National Planning Policy and Local Planning Authorities have been encouraged to provide planning policies that increase the use and supply of renewable and low carbon energy projects and recognise that even small-scale projects provide a valuable contribution to cutting greenhouse gas emissions.
We have extensive experience in preparing both supporting statements which address the above considerations and in coordinating any required reports from other consultants.
With regards to our most recent planning application success near Bentworth, it was a small-scale project that involved the erection of three rows of photovoltaic panels on grass paddock land. The aim of the proposal was to increase the sustainability credentials of the site by generating renewable energy and reducing energy consumption from the electricity distribution network.
Due to the countryside setting, we had to make strong arguments that the significant environmental benefits of providing renewable energy would outweigh the limited harm caused to the rural landscape character. Planning permission was granted by East Hampshire District Council.
The success of this project provides the following benefits:
There are many caveats and considerations as outlined above with this type of application and we would recommend making contact with one of our experienced planners who would be able to assist.
For more information on this project please contact Senior Planner, James Clancy.