LUC was commissioned to input to the siting and design of this large onshore wind farm on behalf of RWE npower renewables Ltd (now Innogy SE). LUC used 3D software ‘Windfarm’ to test the siting of turbines to achieve the most visually balanced layout while taking into account the many on-site constraints (e.g. watercourses, telecommunications links, areas of high bat activity) while ensuring satisfactory energy yields.
LUC subsequently undertook the landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) and wrote the LVIA chapter for the EIA. All work was undertaken in-house, including preparing digitally modelled zones of theoretical visibility (ZTV) and photomontages. LUC’s strategy was to influence project design and give early advice on mitigation, reducing potential negative effects from the outset, and lowering consenting risks for the developer. LUC also provided landscape and visual expert witness evidence at the subsequent examination.
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RWE npower renewables Ltd (now Innogy SE)
LUC: Rebecca Knight, Susie Duncan