Planning permission granted for 30MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) development

Renplan has secured planning permission for a 30MWp solar photovoltaic (PV) development on land at Hillhouse Farm, Cambridge (Stroud District).

The development will generate enough electricity to power around 7,000 average UK households (Based on an average annual household consumption of 4,266 kWh of electricity).

Solar power generation has minimal physical and environmental impacts, especially when compared to other energy technologies such as nuclear, coal, oil or gas power plants.

The proposed development will make a valuable contribution towards local and national renewable energy targets. Climate Change affects us all in the UK and is one of the greatest challenges in the world today. The Climate Change Act is the UKs legally binding commitment to reduce carbon dioxide emissions by 80% by 2050, from a 1990 baseline.


“Our latest project (28.5MW solar farm) benefited from the involvement of RenPlan Consulting. Ben’s flexible approach suited our needs, and his extensive experience worked well to ease the planning process, resulting in the positive outcome. Of critical importance were his skills  in communicating with the planning authority and taking a lead in the Community Engagement process. We will certainly be looking to use Renplan’s services for future projects.”

Iain Beath, Director, Renewable Power


The development will provide an opportunity for the expansion and further maturity of hedgerow habitats, and the introduction of species-rich grassland managed as meadow to encourage more wildlife locally. Farming will continue alongside energy generation, with sheep used to manage the ground cover.

Hillhouse Farm, Gloucestershire