Solar PV Farm – Grange North, Co Wicklow
JBM Solar Developments Limited
Grange North, Newcastle, Co Wicklow
June 2016 – January 2017
The Client sought to secure a 10-year planning permission for the construction of a Solar PV Energy Development on a 14.28 hectare agricultural site to include for: photovoltaic panels on ground mounted frames/support structures; underground cabling and ducting; inverter/transformer stations; HV cabin; communications and storage structures; substations; perimeter (stock proof) security fencing; CCTV security cameras; site access road; landscaping; and all associated ancillary site development works. Temporary works also include a construction compound and passing-bay along the existing access road.
Tom Phillips + Associates (TPA) was engaged to manage the planning process and prepare a comprehensive planning application package to Wicklow County Council. The Application addressed potential environmental concerns during construction and operation of the facility and demonstrated how the proposal could be accommodated on the lands - without adversely impacting the surrounding environment.
TPA provided strategic planning advice to the Client and Project Team and led all aspects of the planning application process including the Planning and Environmental Report referencing expert inputs on: Ecology; Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage; Archaeology; Traffic and Access (including Outline Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP)); Appropriate Assessment Screening; EIS Screening; Glint and Glare; and Landscape and Visual Impact.
Particular issues to be resolved included the potential visual impact (in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty), the proximity to the Murrough Wetlands SAC and Murrough SPA, as well as access and construction traffic issues.
Wicklow County Council issued a first grant of permission for the development within an 8-week period, and a final grant of permission was issued on 16th January 2017.