EDP were appointed by British Solar Renewables to provide landscape, ecology and heritage inputs to support the applications for three new solar parks near Owermoigne in Dorset. The site location was particularly challenging due to the proximity of the Dorset Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and several other environmental sensitivities, including Moignes Court listed building, a Site of Special Scientific Interest, Special Area of Conservation, Special Protection Area and Ramsar Impact Zone.
Whilst our inputs were standard for such developments, the key to the eventual success of these schemes was the consultation and engagement our team undertook with statutory consultees such as Natural England and Historic England. We had to work very hard to get the Case Officer ‘on side’ and we achieved this through site visits and an ongoing dialogue with key people.
The three schemes were all recommended for approval at their respective planning committees, and approved with little change from the original scheme proposals. They are now partially constructed and will be operational shortly.
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