Planning permission secured for East Riding solar farm

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Pegasus Group has secured planning permission for a 50MW solar and battery storage scheme in East Riding on behalf of JBM Solar Projects.

East Riding Council approved the solar farm and associated infrastructure on land at Scurf Dyke Farm, Hutton Cranswick.

Simon Chamberlayne, Planning Director from the Pegasus Group Cirencester office, 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 12,203 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 amongst the panels.

David Cramer, Director of JBM Solar Projects said: “We are delighted to receive planning consent for our first 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 Scurf Dyke solar project will provide a valuable community benefit, with a commitment to the local parish council to help fund much needed sustainable transport infrastructure in the area.”