We noticed today that some of the solar projects we worked on in 2015 have now been approved!
You might remember, we added the solar domain to VentusAR during the summer of 2015. In the last 6 months VentusAR has been used in 24 solar planning applications. Our customers have been using VentusAR to assess and communicate the visual impact of the solar development in the following ways:
- Landscape architects and developers are using it as a design tool to inform their design and layout process
- Public engagement specialists are out and engaging the public by creating immediate and relevant photomontages
- Local authorities are reviewing photomontages and wirelines to help decide if the visual impact of a project is acceptable or not
Some successful applications we want to highlight have been submitted by Green Cat Renewables using visuals created with VentusAR. We worked closely with Green Cat to refine the solar domain (see the case study) and we are pleased that the tool has now been used to help their clients secure planning permission.
Brailsford Solar Farm
- 1.21 MW covering 2.7 hectares in area
- Reference 15/00526/FUL at Derbyshire Dales District Council
- Application submitted: 23rd July 2015
- Approval granted: 2nd December 2015
- Two visualisations created using VentusAR submitted as part of the Landscape figures document
- See full details here
- 5 MW covering 9.06 hectares
- Reference 07/15/0866/F at Broxbourne Borough Council
- Application Submitted: 16th September 2015
- Assessment done in VentusAR, but hidden on Broxbourne Borough Council planning system
- Approval granted: 16th February 2016
- Full details from here (search for 07/15/0866/F using Reference Search)
Out of those 24 projects: 15 we have no information on, 3 have been refused, 2 have been approved, 4 are still in planning. None have been refused on grounds of visual impact.
VentusAR is successfully being used to communicate the impact and reduce cost and risk from the planning application process.
VentusAR for Solar
VentusAR is the only mobile tool for visualising what a ground mounted solar farm will look like before it is built. Solar farms can be setup in VentusAR from anywhere in the UK and then assessed quickly and easily using a tablet – the iPad Pro is our preferred device for community engagement. The iPad can be taken out with you on site to do assessment work, to engage with local residents and provide office or community based review and visualisation.
If you have not seen VentusAR for solar in action, give us a shout at firstname.lastname@example.org to hear more about it.
 None of the rejected applications mention visual impact as a reason for rejection. This is accurate at time of publication in February 2016.