Swindon solar farms gets the green light

By Anita Jaynes on 12 August, 2020

Environmental Consultancy Pegasus Group has secured planning permission for a 50MW solar and battery storage scheme near Swindon on behalf of JBM Solar Projects.

Swindon Borough Council approved the solar farm and associated infrastructure on land near Stanton Fitzwarren.

Simon Chamberlayne, Planning Director at Pegasus Group, said, “We are extremely pleased that this application has been approved. Our experienced team worked hard to put together a well-considered proposal. We are delighted to support JBM Solar Projects with this major development.

“This project brings significant benefits, primarily through the generation of renewable energy, providing enough low-carbon electricity to power the equivalent of 15,500 homes’ annual energy needs. It will make a valuable contribution towards meeting the Government’s long-term net zero targets. The resulting economic investment and ecological and landscape enhancements will also benefit the local area.

“It is estimated that there will be up to 80 construction workers on-site during peak times of the construction period, which is expected to be around 6 months, as well as an additional 106 temporary jobs in the wider economy during the 6-month build phase.”

The proposed solar farm will involve the temporary change of use of the land but, due to the time restricted nature of the development, the agricultural use will be retained in the long term. The site will also be capable of dual use farming during its operational period, with small livestock able to graze the land between and among the panels.

Brendan O’Brien, Director of JBM Solar Projects added, “We are delighted to receive planning consent for our second UK subsidy-free solar/battery scheme.

“This is the culmination of many months of hard work by our development team and marks an important step on the road to developing a large portfolio of JBM projects in the coming months and years. It is also gratifying that our Corner Copse project will provide a valuable community benefit, with a commitment to the local parish council to help fund much needed infrastructure in the area.”.

The JBM Solar development team has a proven track record of developing solar projects in the UK and Ireland since 2012, securing planning consent for more than 450MW to date.

Pegasus Group is a national consultancy with 15 offices across the UK and Ireland offering extensive experience across all sectors of the development industry including planning, design, environment, economics and heritage.