Solar PV Farm – Rathleague, Co Laois

Client

JBM Solar Developments Limited

Location

Rathleague, Portlaoise, Co. Laois

Involvement

May 2016 – Ongoing

Photo Credit

JBM Solar Developments Ltd. – Burton Solar UK and Stanton Solar UK

Description

The Client sought to secure a 10-year planning permission for the construction of a 4MW Solar PV Energy Development on a c.10.65 hectare site in Rathleague, approximately 2.5km to the south of Portlaoise Town Centre, Co. Laois.

The development comprises the provision of Solar Photovoltaic (PV) panels on ground mounted frames/support structures and includes associated 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.

Our Role

Tom Phillips + Associates (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 and project management/peer-review of 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.

Project Team Members: Hydro-Environmental Services Ltd (Flood Risk Assessment); Ecology Ireland (Ecology and Appropriate Assessment Screening); Transport Insights (Traffic and Transportation Assessment); IAC Archaeology (Archaeological Assessment); MacroWorks (Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment and Glint and Glare Assessment); and Volta Project (Solar PV Designers).

Planning Outcome

Laois County Council granted planning permission for the development on Thursday 23rd February 2017 following a Request for Further Information on 29th November 2016.

An Bord Pleanála issued a Final Grant of Permission in July 2017.