Arcus are delighted to have provided planning and environmental support to Elgin Energy, a leading UK solar developer, for their Cayton Solar Farm development near South Stainley, North Yorkshire. Arcus provided the full range of environmental and planning services to support this major planning application to Harrogate Borough Council. Cayton Solar Farm will have an installed capacity of 49.9 MW and deliver significant net gain in biodiversity (166% gain for habitats and 274% for hedgerows). Arcus presented at the planning committee meeting, at which which councillors acknowledged the critical nature of the climate emergency and voted unanimously in favour of granting planning permission for the solar farm, following the planning officers recommendation.
Arcus were responsible for the landscape masterplan and design input and preparing the supporting technical reports including Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), planning statement, landscape and visual assessment, archaeology and heritage statement, flood risk and drainage assessment, ecological and ornithological assessments and transport statement. Arcus were also heavily involved in the public consultation for the project. Key issues the application addressed were landscape and visual, public rights of way, ecology and biodiversity and cultural heritage and archaeology.
The success comes on the back of a number of other recent planning consents, taking Arcus’ total to almost 700 MW of approved solar projects in the past 2 years.
If you have any solar projects that you are looking to take forward to planning, please contact Andrew Mott on 01904 715 470 or email@example.com to see how we can support you.