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Arcus Shortlisted for Landscape Institute Award

Arcus Shortlisted for Landscape Institute Award

Arcus are delighted to be shortlisted for the Excellence in Sustainable Infrastructure Award at the Landscape Institute Awards 2020, for the work they carried out at Cleve Hill Solar Park. As a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), an application for a Development Consent Order (DCO) was submitted in November 2018 and the DCO was granted…

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Ballochy Solar Consented

Ballochy Solar Consented

On 15th September 2020, at the Virtual Development Committee meeting, members of Committee at Angus Council unanimously agreed to the approval of a major planning application at East Ballochy by SPR for a Solar, Battery Energy Storage System and an approximate 7.5 km private wire grid connection, covering a total developable area of 161.63 hectares.…

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Arcus Featured in Scotland on Sunday Article “The future of the energy sector is green – and it’s female”

Arcus Featured in Scotland on Sunday Article

Arcus was featured in the Scotland on Sunday on 30th August 2020 as part of an article on women in renewables. We are incredibly proud to be recognised as a company that actively encourages females in the industry as well as supporting graduates throughout their studies.  The article states that women currently make up around…

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Liz Russell and Eve Browning join Arcus

We are pleased to welcome Liz Russell, Senior Planner, and Eve Browning, Senior Environmental Consultant, to Arcus. Liz is a Chartered Town Planner and IEMA Associate Member with over seven years’ experience in environmental planning with a focus on renewable energy projects.  She joins our growing North East Office to help support the Planning Team.…

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Wood Lane Solar Farm Approved

Wood Lane Solar Farm Approved

Arcus provided the full range of environmental and planning services to support a major planning application by leading UK solar developer, Elgin Energy, for Wood Lane Solar Farm near Sturton-le-Steeple in Bassetlaw. The development occupies circa 97 ha of agricultural land and will have an installed capacity of 49.9 MWp. At the virtual planning committee…

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James Youngs – Planning Year in Industry Intern – Shares his Year at Arcus

James Youngs - Planning Year in Industry Intern - Shares his Year at Arcus

I was fortunate enough to secure a ‘Year in Industry’ work placement at Arcus Consultancy Services Ltd, during my third year at the University of York. I have had the honour to work closely with both the York and Glasgow planning teams, whilst also working alongside the environment, noise, hydrology and ecology teams across all…

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Adam Tomkins – Environment Year in Industry – Shares his Thoughts on Spending a Year at Arcus

Adam Tomkins - Environment Year in Industry - Shares his Thoughts on Spending a Year at Arcus

Starting in September 2019, I began my year at Arcus working in the Environment Team at York. I was not totally sure what to expect of environmental consultancy, so started the year with an open mind and a goal to gain some commercial awareness, seeing what skills I could learn along the way. I was…

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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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