Stephenson Halliday is delighted with the decision of Lancaster City Council to approve planning permission for a 5MW solar farm at Cinderbarrow Lane near Priest Hutton, Lancaster.
We assisted our client, Livos Energy, with the community consultation process and pulled together the Environmental Report and Planning Statement for the scheme.
The site is adjacent to the M6 and the Lancaster Canal, and sits close to Burton-in-Kendal service station. Livos Energy chose this site as they felt that these man made features would assist in allowing the solar farm to be more easily integrated into the existing landscape of the area. Landscaping and biodiversity schemes were submitted with the application and will be conditioned as part of the approval. The landscaping scheme in particular will increase the amount of vegetation around the site which will filter some views in the vicinity, particularly along the canal which is a popular route for walkers.
Despite objections from a local parish council and the Silverdale and Arnside AONB office, the council took the view that the benefits of the proposal outweighed the limited harm associated with the development. This view was shared by members of the Planning Committee who voted unanimously in favour of the scheme. One councillor stated that this is exactly the sort of development the council should be supporting; to enable renewable energy targets to be met and to combat climate change.
See more on the project here