Renplan has secured planning permission for extensions to a property in the Green Belt of Wycombe Borough. The extensions took the overall property extensions to well above guidance thresholds, however, after careful consideration of local prevailing planning policies in relation to Green Belt extensions and regard also for important material considerations a strong case was put forward to justify planning permission being granted.
Although within close proximity to the Snowdonia National Park, the development was carefully sited and designed to minimise any visual intrusion into this special landscape designation. The developer Soventix GmbH are an international; solar developer with offices and operations spread across a number of countries and continents.
Renplan have successfully secured planning permission for a residential barn conversion in the open countryside and within an area recognised as being at risk of flooding.
A certificate of lawfulness was first secured for the use of a mobile home on land at Gooseacre Farm, Puxton, North Somerset as residential accommodation.
The planning application subsequently offered the termination of the use of the mobile home for residential accommodation on occupation of the proposed barn conversion. The proposal provided an improved situation in relation to flood risk and together with no additional residential use being proposed at the farm, these matters were important material considerations that were afforded significant weight in the determination of the planning application.
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.