British Solar Renewables gets permit for 17-MW solar project
British Solar Renewables (BSR) has recently secured a planning permission for a 17-MW solar park in Rampisham Down, Dorset in South West England, TLT LLP, which has advised the developer, said on Tuesday.
The approval is for alternative plans submitted by BSR as under the original proposal the solar farm would have been located on a site of ancient acid grassland. The facility will now be built on less sensitive land nearby. Natural England, which notified the grassland as a site of special scientific interest (SSSI) in 2014, hailed work on the case a “wonderful outcome for conservation.”
The grasslands on Rampisham Down have been preserved thanks to their use as a BBC transmitter site for 70 years, the government advisory body noted.
TLT said that as part of the project, the SSSI will be improved, with most of the remaining telecommunication towers being removed. It added the developer has also committed to managing and improving a historic deer fence enclosure.
Once fully operational, the solar farm is expected to supply power to more than 4,260 homes.
In a brief press release last week, BSR said it is pleased to have worked with Dorset Wildlife Trust, Historic England and Natural England to arrive at a solution both protecting the SSSI and ensuring supply of renewable energy.