Halloughton Solar Farm Public Inquiry

Watching or Participating in the Inquiry

Access to watch or participate virtually in the Public Inquiry will be via Microsoft Teams. If you wish to watch or participate in the event please forward your email address to planningappeals@nsdc.info before noon on Monday 6 December 21. The link to join the Inquiry will then be sent to you on the afternoon of Monday 6 December 21.    

The Inquiry opens at 10am on Tuesday 7 December 21. If you wish to participate, either in person or virtually, you must be present at the opening to make your wish known to the Inspector. The timetable will also be discussed at this time.

If attending in person you may be asked to wait outside the building until being admitted to the Inquiry room shortly before the 10am opening time. Please also bring a face covering/mask with you, unless exempt.

If you have any questions please contact us on 01636 650000.

List of Core Documents

Date: 03.11.21

APP/B3030/W/21/3279533 - Land North of Halloughton, Southwell, Nottinghamshire (Cotmoor Solar Farm)

A – Planning Application

Documents

A1

Application Forms, dated 7th July 2020 (PDF File, 211kb)

A2

Covering Letter, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 7th July 2020 (PDF File, 119kb)

A3

Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL) Form 1: CIL Additional Information (PDF File, 378kb)

A4

Aa

Agricultural Land Classification Report, prepared by Davis Meade, 16th Apr 2019 (PDF File, 336kb)

B

Agricultural Land Classification Report, prepared by Amet Property, 27/11/2020 (PDF File, 2,017kb)

A5

Arboricultural Impact Assessment, prepared by Barton Hyett Associates, 19/03/20 (PDF File, 5,003kb)

A6

Construction Traffic Management Plan (CTMP), prepared by Pegasus Group, dated Ju (PDF File, 4,750kb)

 

A7

Design and Access Statement, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated July 2020. (PDF File, 300kb)

A8

A

Ecological Assessment Report, prepared by Avian Ecology, dated 9th July 2020. (PDF File, 7,865kb)

B

Biodiversity Metric Calculation, dated 9th July 2020 prepared by Avian Ecology. [4,934kb]

C

Biodiversity Metric Calculation, prepared by Avian Ecology dated 12th Feb 2021 [4,933kb]

D

Biodiversity Management Plan, prepared by Avian Ecology. (PDF File, 1,731kb)

E

GCN eDNA Survey, prepared by Avian Ecology. (PDF File, 1,651kb)

A9

Flood Risk Assessment, prepared by Calibro, dated 2nd July 2020. (PDF File, 7,177kb)

A10

Geophysical Survey Report, prepared by Magnitude Surveys, dated Jul 2020 Part 1 (PDF File, 8,843kb)

Geophysical Survey Report, prepared by Magnitude Surveys, dated Jul 2020 Part 2 (PDF File, 9,186kb)

A11

Solar Photovoltaic Glint and Glare Study, prepared by Pager Power dated 19/07/20 (PDF File, 7,319kb)

A12

Heritage Assessment, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated July 2020. (PDF File, 3,035kb)

A13

A

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), prepared by Pegasus Group Part 1 (PDF File, 7,621kb)

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), prepared by Pegasus Group Part 2 (PDF File, 7,670kb)

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), prepared by Pegasus Group, Part 3 (PDF File, 8,049kb)

Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA), prepared by Pegasus Group, Part 4 (PDF File, 8,166kb)

B

LVIA Addendum prepared by Pegasus Group dated December 2020. (PDF File, 10,569kb)

A14

Noise Assessment, prepared by LF Acoustics, dated July 2020. (PDF File, 2,161kb)

A15

Planning Statement, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated July 2020 (PDF File, 424kb)

A16

Statement of Community Involvement, prepared by Pegasus Group, July 2020 (PDF File, 1,094kb)

A17

Note addressing Site Access Arrangements, prepared by Pegasus Group, Dec 2020 (PDF File, 3,031kb)

A18

Site Selection Report, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated January 2021 (PDF File, 3,604kb)

A19

Report of an Archaeological Evaluation, Pre-Construct Archaeology, Dec 2020 (PDF File, 4,725kb)

A20

Winter Photomontages, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated December 2020 (PDF File, 2,031kb)

A21

Note on Additional Planting, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 21 January 2021 (PDF File, 1,875kb)

Drawings

A22

A

Site Location Plan, drawing reference: P18-2917_02 Sheet No: - Rev: D (PDF File, 4,763kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 15th April 2020.

B

Site Location Plan, drawing reference: P18-2917_02 Rev E (PDF File, 3,590kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group dated 15th December 2020.

C

Site Location Plan, drawing reference: P18-2917_02 Rev E Revised (PDF File, 3,591kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 15th December 2020 (Revised – Submitted 8th January 2021).

A23

A

Site Layout & Planting Proposal drawing reference: P18-2917_12 Sheet No: _ Rev H (PDF File, 7,872kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 29th June 2020.

B

Site Layout and Planting Proposals, drawing reference: P18- 2917_12 Rev J (PDF File, 6,363kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 10th December 2020.

C

Site Layout and Planting Proposals, drawing reference: P18-2917 Rev K (PDF File, 6,511kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 6th January 2021.

D

Site Layout and Planting Proposals, drawing reference: P18-2917 Rev L (PDF File, 9,016kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 1st February 2021.

E

Site Layout and Planting Proposals, drawing reference: P18-2917 Rev L (PDF File, 8,863kb), prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 1st February 2021

A24

Indicative WPD & Customer Compound Layout drawing reference: HLG-01-2001 Rev 01 (PDF File, 939kb)

Sheet 1 of 1, prepared by HVSS, dated 7th February 2020.

A25

Indicative WPD & Customer Compound Elevations drawing ref: HLG-01-2002 Rev 01 (PDF File, 927kb)

Sheet 1 of 1, prepared by HVSS, dated 7th February 2020.

A26

Typical Fence, Track & CCTV Details, drawing reference: JBM-HALLOU-SD-02 (PDF File, 240kb)

Prepared by Helioworks, dated 16th March 2020.

A27

Typical Trench Section Details, drawing reference: JBM-HALLOU-SD-03 (PDF File, 337kb)

Prepared by Helioworks, dated 16th March 2020.

A28

Typical Inverter Substation Details, drawing reference: JBM-HALLOU-SD-04 (PDF File, 161kb)

Prepared by Helioworks, dated 16th March 2020.

A29

Typical Spares Container Details, drawing reference: JBM-HALLOU-SD-05 (PDF File, 161kb)

Prepared by Helioworks, dated 16th March 2020.

A30

Typical Battery Storage Systems Details drawing ref: JBM-HALLOU-SD-06 Rev A (PDF File, 729kb)

Prepared by Helioworks, dated 22nd May 2020.

A31

Typical Customer Switchgear Details, drawing reference: JBM-HALLOU-SD-07 Rev A (PDF File, 162kb)

Prepared by Helioworks, dated 21st May 2020.

A32

Typical PV Table Details (showing 3 in portrait orientation) (PDF File, 124kb)

Drawing reference: Typical PV Table Details 3P Rev A, prepared by JBM Solar, dated 16th June 2020.

A33

Typical PV Table Details (showing 6 in landscape orientation) (PDF File, 125kb)

Drawing reference: Typical PV Table Details Rev A, prepared by JBM Solar, dated 16th June 2020.

A34

Swept Path Analysis: Proposed Site Access 15.4m Articulated Vehicle (PDF File, 380kb)

Drawing reference: P18-2917 FIGURE 2 Rev A, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 15th December 2020.

A35

Proposed Site Access Visibility Splays Plan (PDF File, 386kb)

Drawing reference: P18-2917 FIGURE 1 Rev A, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 17th December 2020.

A36

Tree Protection Plan – Highways Access (PDF File, 2,547kb)

Drawing reference: No. BHA_665_03, prepared by Barton Hyett Associates, dated 15th December 2020.

Correspondence

A37

A

Email from Chris Morley to Matthew Adams, dated 12th August 2021. (PDF File, 86kb)

B

Attachment to Email from Chris Morley to Matthew Adams, dated 12th August 2021 (PDF File, 174kb)

A38

Summary of Amendments Covering Letter, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 18/12/20 (PDF File, 120kb)

A39

Covering Email outlining updated Plans (PDF File, 106kb)

Sent from James Walker to Honor Whitfield, dated 8th January 2021

A40

Covering Letter outlining the amendments to the Site Layout & Planting Proposals (PDF File, 1,678kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 2nd February 2021.

A41

Applicant Response to Committee Report (PDF File, 1,285kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 26th February 2021.

A42

Committee Leaflet, prepared by Pegasus Group, dated March 2021 (PDF File, 1,333kb)

Committee Report/Documents

A43

A

Committee Report dated 2nd March 2021 (PDF File, 3,431kb)

B

Committee Consultee Comments in Full Appendix (PDF File, 1,567kb)

C

Late Items to Committee dated 2nd March 2021 (PDF File, 528kb)

D

Committee Meeting Minutes agreed 30th March 2021 (PDF File, 387kb)

A44

A

Committee Report dated 7th September 2021 (PDF File, 2,689kb)

B

Late Items to Committee dated 7th September 2021 (PDF File, 535kb)

C

Committee Meeting Minutes agreed 5th October 2021 (PDF File, 326kb)

Decision Notice

A45

Decision Notice dated 4th March 2021 (PDF File, 577kb)

Wheatcroft – Alternative Proposals

A46

Covering Letter outlining the amendments to the Site Layout & Planting Proposals (PDF File, 1,678kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 22nd July 2021.

A47

Site Layout and Planting Proposals, drawing reference: P18-2917 Rev M (PDF File, 4,124kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 29th June 2021.

A47 A

Site Layout and Planting Proposals, drawing reference: P18-2917 Rev M (PDF File, 3,948kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 29th June 2021. Version with field numbers.

A48

Indicative Landscape Site Section (Year 5 & 15), drawing reference: P18-2917_26 (PDF File, 4,991kb)

Prepared by Pegasus Group, dated 1st July 2021.

A49

Revised Scheme Solar panel Land Take Images (PDF File, 1,855kb)

A50

Revised Scheme Solar panel Land Take Calculation (PDF File, 78kb)

B – Consultation Responses (Consultee)

Application Consultation Responses

B1

A

Conservation Officer, dated 24th September 2020 (PDF File, 776kb)

B

Conservation Officer, dated 2nd February 2021 (PDF File, 124kb)

C

Conservation Officer, dated 1st March 2021 (PDF File, 62kb)

B2

A

Environment Agency, dated 12th August 2020 (PDF File, 254kb)

B

Environment Agency, dated 22nd December 2020 (PDF File, 85kb)

B3

A

Environmental Health, dated 15th July 2020 (PDF File, 490kb)

B

Environmental Health, dated 4th September 2020 (PDF File, 78kb)

C

Environmental Health, dated 12th January 2021 (PDF File, 456kb)

B4

A

Flood Risk Management, dated 31st July 2020 (PDF File, 142kb)

B

Flood Risk Management, dated 4th January 2021 (PDF File, 116kb)

B5

A

Halam Parish Council, dated 3rd August 2020 (PDF File, 59kb)

B

Halam Parish Council, dated 18th January 2021. (PDF File, 59kb)

B6

Halloughton Parish Council, dated 4th August 2020 (PDF File, 600kb)

B7

A

Historic England, dated 16th July 2020 (PDF File, 147kb)

B

Historic England, dated 21st December 2020 (PDF File, 145kb)

B8

A

Historic Environment Officer, dated 5th August 2020 (PDF File, 519kb)

B

Historic Environment Officer, dated 14th August 2020 (PDF File, 144kb)

C

Historic Environment Officer, dated 31st December 2020 (PDF File, 713kb)

B9

Ministry of Defence, dated 14th August 2020 (PDF File, 100kb)

B10

A

Natural England, dated 31st July 2020 (PDF File, 178kb)

B

Natural England, dated 22nd December 2020 (PDF File, 90kb)

B11

A

NATS Safeguarding, dated 21st July 2020 (PDF File, 175kb)

B

NATS Safeguarding, dated 21st December 2020 (PDF File, 171kb)

B12

A

NCC Highways, dated 4th August 2020 (PDF File, 125kb)

B

NCC Highways, dated 13th August 2020 (PDF File, 1,430kb)

C

NCC Highways, dated 11th January 2021 (PDF File, 164kb)

B13

Nottinghamshire County Council Planning Policy Team, dated 18th December 2020 (PDF File, 71kb)

B14

Public Health England, dated 22nd December 2020 (PDF File, 94kb)

B15

A

Public Rights of Way, dated 28th July 2020 Part 1 (PDF File, 145kb)

Public Rights of Way, dated 28th July 2020 Part 2 (PDF File, 2,910kb)

B

Public Rights of Way, dated 13th August 2020 (PDF File, 115kb)

C

Public Rights of Way, dated 11th January 2021 (PDF File, 72kb)

D

 Public Rights of Way, dated 9th February 2021 (PDF File, 124kb)

E

Public Rights of Way, dated 10th February 2021 (PDF File, 112kb)

B16

A

Ramblers Association, dated 9th August 2020 (PDF File, 1kb)

B

Ramblers Association, dated 17th August 2020 (PDF File, 2kb)

C

Ramblers Association, dated 11th January 2020 (Comments) (PDF File, 2kb)

D

Ramblers Association, dated 11th January 2020 (Email) (PDF File, 65kb)

B17

A

Southwell Civic Society, dated 9th August 2021 (PDF File, 243kb)

B

Southwell Civic Society, dated 15th January 2021 (PDF File, 604kb)

C

Southwell Civic Society, dated 15th February 2021 (PDF File, 253kb)

B18

A

Southwell Town Council, dated 6th August 2020 (PDF File, 416kb)

B

Southwell Town Council, dated 25th August 2020 (PDF File, 71kb)

C

Southwell Town Council, dated 15th January 2021 (PDF File, 2kb)

B19

A

Tree Consultant, dated 27th July 2020 (PDF File, 148kb)

B

Tree Consultant, dated 18th December 2020 (PDF File, 180kb)

B20

Trent Valley Internal Drainage Board, dated 21st July 2020 (PDF File, 42kb)

B21

A

VIA, dated 18th September 2020 (PDF File, 399kb)

B

VIA, dated 26th January 2021 (PDF File, 3,004kb)

C

VIA, dated 12th February 2021 (PDF File, 151kb)

Wheatcroft Consultation Responses

B22

Thoroton Society, dated 29th August 2021 (PDF File, 194kb)

B23

Civic Society, dated 6th September 2021 (PDF File, 39kb)

B24

MOD, dated 15th September 2021 (PDF File, 45kb)

B25

Southwell Town Council, dated 20th September 2021 (PDF File, 73kb)

B26

VIA, dated 27th August 2021 (PDF File, 148kb)

C – Planning Appeal

Appeal Administration

C1

Planning Appeal Form, dated 14th April 2021 (PDF File, 87kb)

Statements of Case

C2

Appellant (PDF File, 275kb)

C3

Newark and Sherwood District Council (PDF File, 899kb)

Statement of Common Ground

C4

Agreed Statement of Common Ground (PDF File, 283kb)

Wheatcroft Amendments

C5

Schedule of Letters sent to Technical Consultees and Neighbours/Third Parties (PDF File, 169kb)

C6

Schedule of Third-Party Responses Received (PDF File, 102kb)

Proofs of Evidence

C7

A

Appellant Planning Proof of Evidence (PDF File, 454kb)

B

Appellant Landscape Proof of Evidence (PDF File, 1,321kb)

Appellant Landscape Proof Summary (PDF File, 250kb)

Appendices:

Cover (PDF File, 72kb)

Contents (PDF File, 12kb)

APP 01 - P18-2917_02E SLP (PDF File, 3,591kb)

APP 02 - P18-2917_05C Topography (PDF File, 2,598kb)

APP 03a - Correspondence - Preliminary LVIA Viewpoints (PDF File, 3,407kb)

APP 03b - Correspondence Notts CC independent assessment of the LVIA (PDF File, 230kb)

APP 03c - Correspondence - Cotmoor Planting Note (PDF File, 1,875kb)

APP 03d - Correspondence - independent assessment of the LIVA addendum (PDF File, 3,004kb)

APP 03e - Correspondence - Cover Letter (PDF File, 803kb)

APP 03f - Correspondence - Concluding comments on additional LIVA info 2nd Feb (PDF File, 119kb)

APP 03g - Correspondence - Pegasus Response to Officers report - late item note (PDF File, 1,285kb)

APP 04 - Summary of visual effects schedule (PDF File, 71kb)

APP 05a - P18-2917_20-C amended summer photomontages (PDF File, 13,749kb)

APP 05b - P18-2917_20-C Amended Summer Photomontages - A3 (PDF File, 3,846kb)

APP 06 - P18-2917_24-A Amended Winter photomontages (PDF File, 18,227kb)

C

Appellant Heritage Proof (and Appendices) & Summary (PDF File, 7,026kb)

C8

A

NSDC Planning Proof of Evidence (PDF File, 983kb)

NSDC Planning Proof Appendices (PDF File, 650kb)

NSDC Planning Proof Summary (PDF File, 601kb)

B

NSDC Landscape Proof of Evidence (PDF File, 1,156kb)

NSDC Landscape Proof Appendices (PDF File, 2,869kb)

NSDC Landscape Proof Summary (PDF File, 784kb)

B1

Council Landscape Proof Addendum (PDF File, 1,027kb)

C

NSDC Heritage Proof of Evidence (PDF File, 20,865kb)

NSDC Heritage Proof Appendix 1 (PDF File, 199kb)

NSDC Heritage Proof Appendix 2 (PDF File, 6,591kb)

NSDC Heritage Proof Appendix 3 (PDF File, 20,316kb)

NSDC Heritage Proof Summary (PDF File, 2,453kb)

Conditions - to be provided

C9

Agreed List of Conditions

Correspondence

C10

Email from Honor Whitfield to PINS, dated 25th October 2021 (PDF File, 96kb)

C11

Email from Honor Whitfield to PINS, dated 4th November 2021 (PDF File, 79kb)

C12

Positive Screening Direction, received from PINS, dated 9th November 2021 (PDF File, 129kb)

Rebuttals

C13

A

 

B

 

C

 

C14

A

 

 

D - National Planning Policy, Guidance and Legislation

D1

National Planning Policy Framework (July 2021)

D2

National Planning Practice Guide (Electronic Version only)

D3

A

Overarching National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) (July 2011)

B

Draft National Policy Statement for Energy (EN-1) (September 2021)

D4

A

National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN-3) (July 2011)

B

Draft National Policy Statement for Renewable Energy Infrastructure (EN-3)

D5

UK Government Solar Strategy 2014

D6

Written Ministerial Statement on Solar Energy: protecting the local and global environment made on 25 March 2015

D7

Commercial Renewable Energy Development and the Historic Environment Historic England Advice Note 15 (February 2021)

D8

Climate Change Act 2008

D9

Climate Change Act (2050 target amendment) Order 2019

D10

Clean Growth Strategy published by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS) in October 2017

D11

UK Parliament declaration of an Environmental and Climate Change Emergency in May 2019

D12

Energy White Paper: Powering our Net Zero Future published in December 2020

D13

UK Government press release of acceleration of carbon reduction to 2035, dated April 2021

D14

The latest version of the 'Digest' of United Kingdom Energy Statistics (PDF File, 17,575kb)

D15

UK Energy Statistics Press Release published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, June 2020.

D16

'Achieving Net Zero' published by the National Audit Office in December 2020

D17

UK Energy in Brief, published by the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, 2021.

D18

Net Zero Strategy: Build Back Greener, dated October 2021.

D19

The Climate Crisis: A Guide for Local Authorities on Planning for Climate Change, prepared by the Town and County Planning Association, dated October 2021

D20

Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990

 

E – Local Planning Policy, Guidance and Documents

E1

Newark and Sherwood Amended Core Strategy DPD (March 2019)

E2

Allocations and Development Management DPD (July 2013)

E3

Southwell Neighbourhood Plan 2015-2026

E4

Newark and Sherwood District Council declaration of a Climate Emergency in July 2019

E5

Newark and Sherwood District Council Climate Emergency Strategy (September 2020)

E6

Newark and Sherwood District Council Annual Monitoring Report (2019)

E7

Newark and Sherwood District Council Annual Monitoring Report (2018)

 

F – Landscape

F1

Guidelines for Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment 3rd Edition (PDF File, 20,585kb)

F2

Landscape Institute guidance on representative viewpoints and visualisations (PDF File, 1,768kb)

F3

National Character Area Profile 48 – Trent and Belvoir Vales (PDF File, 3,462kb)

F4

East Midlands Regional Landscape Character Assessment (April 2010) (PDF File, 3,077kb)

F5

Newark & Sherwood Landscape Character Assessment SPD (2013) (PDF File, 3,528kb)

F6

Landscape Character Assessment Guidance for England and Scotland (Countryside Agency and Scottish Natural Heritage 2002)

 

G – Heritage

G1

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 2: Managing Significance in Decision Taking in the Historic Environment

G2

Historic Environment Good Practice Advice in Planning Note 3: The Setting of Heritage Assets (Second Edition)

G3

Conservation Principles: Polices and Guidance for the Sustainable Management of the Historic Environment

G4

Statements of Heritage Significance, Analysing Significance in Heritage Assets, Historic England Advice Note 12

G5

Institute for Historic Building Conservation Principles of Cultural Heritage Impact Assessment in the UK, July 2021

G6

Halloughton Conservation Area Designation Statement (PDF File, 1,015kb)

G7

Conservation Principles, Policies and Guidance (English Heritage, 2008)

G8

Historic England Advice Note 1: Conservation Area Appraisal, Designation and Management (Second Edition)

 

 

H – Relevant Decisions, Legal Judgements and Officer Reports

H1

Catesby Estates ltd v. Steer, EWCA Civ 1697, 2018

H2

R DCLG and Nuon UK Ltd v. Bedford Borough Council [2013] EWHC 2847 (Admin)

H3

Barnwell Manor Wind Energy Ltd v E.Northants DC, English Heritage, National Trust & SSCLG, EWCA Civ 137, 2014

H4

The Queen v Sevenoaks DC and West Kent Housing Association. (PDF File, 67kb) [2014] EWHC 1895 (Admin)

H5

Palmer v Herefordshire Council Anr, EWCA Civ 1061 (PDF File, 133kb) [2016].

H6

A

Examining Authority’s Report of Findings and Conclusions (PDF File, 3,756kb) – Cleeve Hill Solar Park (reference: EN010085)

B

Application for the Cleeve Hill Solar Park Order – Decision Letter (PDF File, 439kb) (reference: EN010085)

H7

R. (on the application of William Corbett) v The Cornwall Council [2020] (PDF File, 384kb) EWCA Civ 508.