Planning Success for Skegness Solar Park

Allistair Fell News

Skegness Solar FarmCastillium has successfully gained planning permission for a 6.5MW solar park on land at Coronation Farm, to the West of Skegness.  The £6.5m development will now be built in early 2015 and Castillium and our funding partners will manage this process through to commissioning. Construction of the 30 acre site should take 3 to 4 weeks and will be carried out by a tier 1 EPC contractor with the Castillium team overseeing the construction process.

The site was chosen because of the relatively high solar irradiation levels, proximity to a grid connection point and very low visual impact.  Working with our planning consultants we were able to submit a proposal that the council were happy to accept.  We had to overcome several issues, namely a flood risk on the site and also some archaeological finds which meant digging several trial trenches and inspecting these, our consultants Neo Environmental did a superb job of dealing with this and other points raised during the process.

We didn’t receive a single objection to the proposal and this highlights to us that large scale solar really can produce significant amounts of green energy without destroying landscapes or annoying neighbours.  The site will be grazed by sheep throughout the lifespan of the development and the panels are very easily removed upon decommissioning meaning that there is no lasting impact on the use of the land.

By approaching each project in a professional way and by working with the best partners in terms of planning, ecology, legals and funding we are able to take projects from concept to construction and ensure that landowners maximise the potential of their land.