Lancaster City Council – Solar Farm Planning Success

Walton & Co have recently acted for, and provided strategic advice to, Lancaster City Council in its planning application for a solar farm on a disused landfill site.

Planning permission was granted pursuant to planning application reference 21/00256/FUL for:

Installation of arrays of 2.96-metre-high PV panels, underground cabling, battery containers, inverter and associated cabins and kiosks, construction of 2.1-metre-high security fencing, CCTV mounted on 6m masts, construction compound and construction of internal temporary access track with associated landscaping to form Solar Farm.

The scheme will facilitate the powering of the adjacent Salt Ayre Leisure Centre by way of a direct wire, and will contribute to the Council’s aim of decarbonising the Leisure Centre.

According to the Council, the Leisure Centre currently accounts for approximately one quarter of the council’s direct CO2 emissions and is the single largest CO2 emitter in the council’s building/property portfolio. The scheme will reduce emissions by 439 tonnes per year, which is the equivalent of heating 406 homes across the district.

David Walton commented: “this scheme undoubtedly brings to the fore the importance of renewable energy schemes as public bodies and private companies seek innovative solutions to reduce CO2 emissions. We look forward to being involved in, and advising upon, similar schemes in this ever-expanding area”.

Any public or private individual interested in pursuing a similar scheme should contact us on info@walton-co.co.uk or 0113 245 8100 for further assistance.

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