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Heathland Wind Farm Consented

Heathland Wind Farm Consented

On January 10th 2022, the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit granted consent for Heathland Wind Farm. This project was developed as a ‘re-design’ of the existing consented 17-turbine scheme, which was granted by Scottish Ministers in October 2018. The new consent secures planning permission for 14-turbines, with tip heights between 150 m and 180 m…

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Rigged Hill Windfarm Repowering Consented

Rigged Hill Windfarm Repowering Consented

Arcus is delighted to have supported ScottishPower Renewables over more than 5 years on the Rigged Hill Windfarm Repowering project in Northern Ireland, which was consented at planning committee in October 2021.  Causeway Coast and Glens Borough Council voted unanimously to adopt the officer’s recommendation for approval for the repowering, following no consultee organisation objections.…

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Danielle Smith Celebrates a Decade at Arcus

Danielle Smith Celebrates a Decade at Arcus

We are pleased to celebrate with Danielle Smith, HR Manager, as she celebrates a decade at Arcus.  Danielle joined Arcus in 2011 as Office Administrator, initially supporting a small team of around 20 people in Glasgow.  Since then, Arcus has grown substantially and Danielle has helped to create and develop the Human Resources function.  She…

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Increase in Graduates Wanting to Work in the Green Economy

Increase in Graduates Wanting to Work in the Green Economy

According to the Government, almost two thirds of 18–24-year-olds are interested in pursuing a career in the green economy[i]. We’re proud to be creating new roles each year in both the UK and South African renewables sector. Last year we recruited 28 people, including 13 at a Graduate or intern level. We are finding that…

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Arcus Planning Team Awarded a High Commendation at the 2021 Planning Awards

Arcus Planning Team Awarded a High Commendation at the 2021 Planning Awards

We are delighted to hear that our Planning team was awarded a High Commendation at the 2021 Planning Awards for Planning Consultancy of the Year.  The planning team support some of the biggest renewable energy projects in the UK, from the world’s largest offshore wind farm to the UK’s biggest solar farm, and are at…

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Arcus to join the ERM group of companies

Arcus to join the ERM group of companies

We are delighted to announce that Arcus has been acquired by ERM, a world leading sustainability consultancy, combining and strengthening the services and expertise of both firms. The position of Arcus in the renewable energy sector will add further depth to the global ERM service portfolio, and help to support clients through the Low Carbon…

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Llandinam Onshore Windfarm Repowering in Wales Approved

Llandinam Onshore Windfarm Repowering in Wales Approved

  Arcus are delighted to have provided consenting and environmental assessment support to Celt Power (a partnership between Scottish Power Renewables and Eurus Energy), securing their recent Section 36C consent from the Department for Business Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) for the Llandinam Onshore Windfarm Repowering in Powys, Wales. The consent application and supporting environmental survey…

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Should solar and battery storage schemes be built on England’s Green Belt?

Should solar and battery storage schemes be built on England’s Green Belt?

The demand for solar and battery storage sites in England has grown incredibly quickly over the past few years. As the number of available sites in the most obvious locations dwindle, developers are increasingly turning to sites located within one of England’s 14 Green Belts. While a Green Belt designation is clearly a significant constraint…

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Government to remove battery storage from NSIP regime

Government to remove battery storage from NSIP regime

The UK Government has just announced that the caps on battery storage capacity for planning applications in England and Wales (50 MW and 350 MW respectively) will be removed. This means a battery storage proposal which exceeds these thresholds will no longer be considered a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (‘NSIP’), and all applications for battery…

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Implications of the recent appeal decision for applications to increase turbine tip heights using Section 42

Implications of the recent appeal decision for applications to increase turbine tip heights using Section 42

A recent appeal decision in Scotland has cast doubt on the ability to vary the approved height of wind turbines using the power to vary a planning permission under Section 42 of the Scottish Planning Act.  The decision relates to a proposal to increase the approved tip height of turbines at Larbrax in Dumfries and…

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