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Renewable energy project at St Ives Park & Ride   
12 May 2017 | Posted by Ella Murfet
A planning application was submitted for the erection of a mini smart energy grid at St Ives Park & Ride, comprising solar PV mounted canopies above car parking.

The client, Cambridgeshire County Council in association with Bouygues Energies and Services, appointed Beacon Planning to manage the preparation and submission of this planning application. The innovative design of the proposal is relatively new to the UK, with the installation of solar PV mounted onto canopies above car parking.

Prior to the application submission extensive consultation was undertaken with Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council. Given the uniqueness of the application negotiations were made between the project team and the Council as to what documents would be required to support it.

Due to the site’s location between two bodies of water, concerns were raised by the Council about the impact that the expanse of Solar PV could have on birds and amphibians. Consequently, Applied Ecology were instructed to prepare a supporting study to accompany the planning application addressing these concerns as well as incorporating mitigation measures, such as white bordered cells.

Beacon Planning also produced a supporting Planning Statement that set out how the proposed development accords with the renewable energy aims of both local and national planning policy, and is therefore sustainable development.

Beacon Planning will continue working closely with Cambridgeshire County Council throughout the duration of the application.