Are you thinking about developing a solar farm site ?
Our experience in both Cornwall and Devon is that Surface Water Runoff is a critical component of determining a planning application. Most solar sites are located on gently sloping south facing sites in order to achieve the maximum energy from the sun.
The Local Authorities tend to agree that there will be an increase in impermeable area and hence there will be an increase in runoff from the solar panals.
How Can we Help?
So far we have completed a substantial amount of Flood Risk Assessments to accompany planning applications or to discharge planning conditions and have a 100% success rate. Our initial appraisal is to evaluate and provide as much detail in the Flood Risk Assessment, to ensure that there are no costly conditions attached to the planning permission which can hold up development start dates, thus saving time and money in the long term.
Case Study 1
We were appointed to discharge a planning condition relating to surface water disposal and water quality pollution prevention measures for a 5 MW site near Bude. Our client needed to build, connect and discharge all planning conditions quickly to achieve the Higher Feed in Tariff in June 2012. Therefore, the pressure was on us to deliver a technical report which would satisfy the Environment Agency and Cornwall Council in order to discharge the condition in one go, which we achieved.