Adams Hendry prepared an application for consent for a solar panel installation at Manor Farm on Hayling Island. The installation is required to improve energy self-sufficiency at the farm, providing 70% of its energy requirements through renewable sources, and reducing the carbon footprint of the farm by saving in the region of 220 tonnes per year in carbon dioxide emissions.
The site lies in close proximity to the Solent Maritime Special Area of Conservation, Chichester and Langstone Harbours Special Protections Area and Ramsar Sites, Langstone Harbour and Chichester Harbour Sites of Special Scientific Interest, and the Hayling Billy Local Nature Reserve. As such, its designation as an ‘uncertain site for Brent Geese and/or waders’ required close discussions with Natural England and Hampshire County Council Ecology to agree potential mitigation measures in the absence of long-term survey data. The scheme therefore provided opportunities to enhance the habitat and biodiversity on the site, including the creation and management of scrapes to benefit waders and other wildlife locally.
Planning consent was successfully gained in challenging timescales, allowing the farm to meet feed-in tariff rate deadlines. The solar installation is now operational, ensuring the farm’s long-term energy security.