With industry leaders set to gather for this week’s All Energy Exhibition in Glasgow, Atmos MD Jean Curran reflects on what has been a busy year for the team and considers the importance of the local supply chain in driving further efficiencies in the sector.  In an environment where the renewable energy industry has faced great change and adjustment, the Atmos team has seen a wide ranging change in the support and advice that our clients need.

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Following an independent review and industry wide consultation, the Minister for Local Government and Housing has revealed new planning application fees which come into force across Scotland as of 1st June 2017.

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Leading environmental planning consultancy Atmos Consulting is delighted to have secured planning permission for a 19.8MW Gas Peaking Plant and 20MW battery storage plant in Kirkcaldy, Fife, for SAINC ENERGY. In keeping with Sainc’s commitment to promote sustainable energy solutions, the development also intends to launch a research and development centre for innovative energy technologies. The project will bring significant investment to the local area and utilise local resources, promote energy independence and generate sustainable long term jobs in the energy sector.

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Atmos Consulting is delighted to have appointed experienced town planner Ronnie Hogg as Technical Director, joining the company’s growing Town Planning and Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) team.

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Latest planning performance figures for Scotland show the average time taken to determine major planning applications rose steeply during the first half of the 2016-17 financial year – up from 26.3 weeks during the first three months of 2016 to an average of 44.8 weeks during July to September. This is the highest average determination period for major applications for any quarter since this measurement began in April 2012. Atmos Technical Director Ecology considers what developers can do to mitigate the risk of delays in the planning process.  

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