4 May 2011
WYG is working with Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) on the infrastructure design and environmental impact assessment for a wind energy farm in Nottinghamshire, UK.
The study will provide detailed information on the suitability of the land taking into consideration the site’s potential constraints such as ecology, flood risk and the ability of the local and wider landscape to absorb the visual change. All information gathered will be included in the planning application as well as considered in the layout and design of the site to minimise the environmental effects.
PfR are working in partnership with the Environment Agency, who own the proposed site. Investigations so far suggest there is potential for six turbines on the site, which is between Saundby and Gainsborough. This could equate to enough electricity to generate the equivalent of approximately 7,200 homes.
Paul Burgess, Associate Environmental Consultant, WYG said: “Throughout the initial preparatory stages of a planning submission it is imperative that a robust and appropriately scoped environmental impact assessment is undertaken. This will then help us to create a layout and design that will work within the environmental capacity of the site and surroundings, resulting in a minimal effect on the local and wider environment whilst still providing a feasible and cost effective development.”
Jo Fleming, Regional Manager, Partnerships for Renewables commented: “It is great to be working with a consultancy that has a strong background in planning and design and environmental services.
“We are still in the early stages and looking at how we can best shape an effective wind energy development that not only benefits the community but also forms a part of the UK’s action on climate change."
PfR is currently working with local communities and interest groups so they can contribute to the site investigations and have access to information throughout the process. The green energy company anticipates submission of an application no earlier than mid-2011.
Further information on the site and the types of environmental and technical investigations involved can be found at www.pfr.co.uk/saundby.
Image caption: Typical wind turbine