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Arcus Submit First NSIP Scale Solar Project

On 14th December 2018 the Cleve Hill Solar Park DCO application was accepted by the Planning Inspectorate for examination. The Cleve Hill project is the largest proposed solar park and energy storage facility in the UK and the first solar park greater than 50 MW requiring an application under the Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project regime…

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Arcus are now Cyber Essentials certified!

So what is Cyber Essentials and Why become certified? The full scheme, launched on 5 June 2014, enables organisations to gain one of two Cyber Essentials badges. It is backed by industry including the Federation of Small Businesses, the CBI and a number of insurance organisations which are offering incentives for businesses. Cyber Essentials helps…

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Application Submitted for Gorse Lane Solar Farm

Arcus has submitted a planning application for Elgin Energy for the Gorse Lane Solar Farm near Silk Willoughby, Lincolnshire. The development occupies circa 70 ha of agricultural land. Arcus coordinated the planning application submission and provided all planning and environmental services including landscape and visual assessment, ecology, heritage, flood risk assessment, arboricultural assessment, transport statement,…

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Another Battery Storage Consent for Arcus

Arcus has secured planning permission for another battery storage facility in Aberdeenshire. The application was determined under delegated powers within the statutory 8 week period.  Arcus provided all site design, planning and environmental services, including noise, ecology and flood risk work. This maintains our 100% success rate for battery storage applications in Scotland.  For more…

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Winter Wildcat Surveys

Our experienced ecologists are currently braving the harsh Scottish winter, in the search for the elusive Scottish wildcat. Surveys for one of Britain’s rarest mammals are best carried out in winter, and any site north of the central belt should be considered for a wildcat survey.

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Consultation on Changes to Planning Rules for Energy Storage in England

On Monday 14th January, BEIS published their consultation on proposed changes to planning rules for energy storage projects in England. The consultation documents are available here and the closing date for the consultation is 25th March 2019. Any developers interested in progressing energy storage projects in the future should respond to the consultation.  The key…

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Fair Isle Project Wins at Scottish Green Energy Awards

The Fair Isle Community Wind Project won the Judges Award at the recent Scottish Green Energy Awards.  Arcus was responsible for environmental and consenting work on the project, which included two separate planning applications: the first for three wind turbines, and the second for grid infrastructure.  After being consented by Shetland Islands Council, Arcus continued…

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Our Experiences and the Challenges of gaining planning permission for Energy Storage and Gas Peaking Plant Projects

Our Experiences and the Challenges of gaining planning permission for Energy Storage and Gas Peaking Plant Projects

There have been a number of changes to the energy market in recent times: Ever growing demand for energy; Closure of large centralised coal generating stations; Increase in renewable energy generation from intermittent and unpredictable sources, such as wind and solar; Long lead in times and uncertainty over new nuclear generating stations. These factors all…

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Arcus hosts virtual tour of the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm

Arcus hosted an event with the National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC) on Wednesday 30th August in our Glasgow office. Kelsie Braidwood and Kirsty McGuigan took their guests on a virtual site visit of the onshore transmission works for the Beatrice Offshore Wind Farm. They described the process by which Arcus has helped  Beatrice…

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Liam Nevins celebrates a Decade at Arcus

Liam Nevins celebrates a Decade at Arcus

We are pleased to announce that Senior Environmental Consultant Liam Nevins has reached the milestone of a decade as part of the Arcus team. Liam joined Arcus in 2007 after a spell at the Environment Agency in Shropshire, where he was responsible for organising and undertaking a water quality sample collection programme across the region.…

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