Thorpe Bank Solar Farm

We provided Planning and Environmental Consultancy services to Lightsource bp for the installation of a ground mounted photovoltaic solar energy generation system (solar farm) with associated equipment and infrastructure. The site produces energy equivalent to the annual electricity needs of approximately 7,000 average UK homes, with the potential to offset approximately 7,000 tonnes of carbon dioxide per year.

Key details

Project name

Thorpe Bank Solar Farm

 

Client

Lightsource bp

 

Location

Thorpe Thewles, Stockton-on-Tees, County Durham

Services provided

- Planning Consultancy 

- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

- Heritage Consultancy

- Flood Risk Assessment

- Arboricultural Impact Assessment

- Transport Assessment

Challenge

In an effort to support the UK’s transition to more renewable energy generation, our team undertook the planning and environmental assessment support for Lightsource bp’s project near Stockton-on-Tees.

The main issues for the proposed development included the development’s visual impact on nearby residential receptors, the management of surface water drainage and the development of a greenfield site.

 

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Solution

We were engaged by Lightsource bp to prepare a planning application for the proposed development, including specialist assessments. Following a topographic survey undertaken by our team, we provided the planning statement and assessments for landscape impact, heritage, transport, arboriculture and flood risk.

Thanks to our robust assessments and appraisals, our team were able to prove that the benefits of the solar farm were significant enough to outweigh the limited, localised and temporary harms. The application was made under Town and Country Planning Act 1990 and the Planning and Compulsory Purchase Act 2004, with Planning permission granted within the 13-week statutory deadline.

 

Project statistics

32MW
Designed generation capacity
38.5
Hectare site area
7,000
homes supplied with electricity annually
7,000
tonnes of carbon dioxide offset

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