Drawing on our experience of design, planning and installation of solar farms, and working in collaboration with our Irish planning partners Cunnane Stratton Reynolds, Dulas worked closely with the client to overcome a number of logistical and design challenges.
This included a robust assessment of the potential impact on a local railway line near the project. Ahead of the planning submission, we were able to demonstrate that, under Dulas’s design, there would not be any glint or glare impacts on the railway. This addressed comments from Irish Rail prior to submission of the planning application, helping to speed up consultation times during the planning process.
A further challenge lay in securing access to the site, as a bridge on the preferred route imposed height restrictions. Dulas worked with the client to identify an alternative route to the site, and to specify modifications to the site entrance in order to meet planning requirements in terms of sightlines and visibility.
Dulas’ design and planning services enabled the client to respond quickly and effectively to a host of site issues as they arose. In doing so, Dulas greatly reduced the need for costly and time-consuming consultation with stakeholders during the planning process.
In addition, the project was delivered within the client’s specified timeframe, allowing the planning application to be submitted to Tipperary County Council well within the project timeline. The application was then successfully consented by the county council.