Sept. 22, 2020

The future of solar development

Gateley Hamer

According to government data, renewable energy contributed 47% to the UK’s energy generation in the first quarter of 2020, 28% of which was specifically solar.

In May this year, Cleve Hill, set to be the UK’s largest solar farm, was given consent by the Secretary of State. Cleve Hill is the first solar farm project to secure consent via Development Consent Order (DCO), but will it be the first of many such projects consented under the Planning Act 2008?

With Cleve Hill set to produce in excess of 350 MW of electricity, providing enough affordable and clean electricity to power over 91,000 homes, it’s clear that the future is undoubtedly bright for solar energy in the UK. But what are the challenges obstructing developments and are DCOs the way forward?

Join our live webinar, in partnership with Barton Willmore, where we will bring together industry experts to consider.

What will you learn? 

Our live webinar will bring together industry experts to consider:

  • What does the future look like for the sector?
  • What are the roadblocks to delivering solar developments in the UK?
  • Can DCOs unlock development opportunities otherwise unviable? 
  • How can we keep up the Government’s targets for renewable energy production?


  • Ian Cunliffe, Director - Head of Infrastructure Development, Gateley Hamer
  • Ben Lewis, Infrastructure and Energy Director, Barton Willmore
  • Darren Cuming, Development and Consents Manager, EDF 
  • Liz Dunn, Partner, Burges Salmon

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