Energy & Renewables

Ardent is proud to have been the land advisor on the first successful promotion of a Development Consent Order (DCO) for the Rookery South Resource Recovery Facility for Covanta, the Order for which was made in October 2011. We have since been involved in over 45 DCOs. We have or are undertaking Energy & Renewable DCO work for Vattenfall, EDF, SSE, RWE Innogy UK, Veolia, CGEN and Knottingley Power delivering land to support applications for power stations, substations, tidal energy, grid connections, port facilities and wind farms.

Ardent is the market leading property advisor in Development Consent Order (DCO) applications. However, we also have significant experience in land assembly and acquisition of other land rights by agreement including options, consents, easements, Wayleaves and other land interests.

We were originally instructed by Covanta to assist them in promoting their Rookery South DCO application. We undertook consultation, stakeholder engagement, land referencing, valuation and expert witness and evidence services leading the Order being made in October 2011.

We also assisted RWE and Statkraft in respect of the onshore land requirements for its offshore wind farm Triton Knoll, Able UK in respect of its new energy marine park on the bank of the river Humber, Veolia in respect of its waste transfer station in Hertfordshire and C.GEN in delivering its proposed gas power station and its connection to the national grid in Killingholme, Lincolnshire. More recently we are supporting Vattenfall to deliver three offshore Wind Farm DCOs.

The landscape for Land Assembly for energy schemes and renewables schemes has changed considerably since the introduction of the Planning Act 2008. As well as having significant experience already in dealing with DCO applications at the Infrastructure Planning Commission and dealing with schemes which the Act would recognise as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP), we are also taking forward a number of schemes that will be processed through the post IPC world where applications are now examined by the Planning Inspectorate (PINS).

Whether you are exercising compulsory purchase powers or affected by the use of them, Ardent’s team of Chartered Surveyors, DCO Project Managers, and Land Referencers are specialists in all aspects of compulsory purchase.

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For more information on the Energy and Renewables sector, contact Richard Caten on 07880 724412 or