Middlemarch are delighted by the news that South Somerset District Council’s planning committee has given approval for British Solar Renewables’ solar park application at Clapton Farm, near Cucklington. The closeness of the decision, with the application passing by 5 votes to 4, evidences how important communication and engagement can be when seeking planning permission.
Middlemarch are particularly pleased to have been able to help secure another great result for BSR at a time when Government policy seems intent on damaging the clean power industry – including solar power. In the run up to the vital climate summit in Paris later this month, results like this become part of a wider story. Indeed, now that it has been revealed the UK is set to miss its legally binding climate change targets, the role that renewable energy has to play in slowing down environmental damage needs to be highlighted. Solar farms now provide a significant portion of the UK’s energy capacity.
Clapton Farm is a 5MW project that, once operational, will generate enough electricity to exceed the annual electricity demands of over 1,000 average UK households. It has an anticipated lifetime of 25 years, after which the site can be fully restored to its original state with a minimum of disturbance. The Middlemarch team adopted a really “hands on” approach to informing the local residents of the benefits associated with the Clapton Farm project, and this effort was reflected in the application’s approval at committee.
If you would like to talk about how Middlemarch can help support your developments, be they renewables or property based, please get in contact. We understand the dynamics of Local Government and the importance of community engagement – both fundamental in ensuring that your business achieves the outcomes it needs.