Environmental sensitivity is considered widely in the planning and delivery of all site operations. Many measures are put in place to minimise vehicle movements as well as to protect or enhance natural habitats, and lessen the environmental impact of a development.
Great care is taken to ensure that the wind farm design is optimised in terms of its visual impact on the surrounding area. Sites are only considered where the landscape is deemed able to accommodate the wind farm sympathetically.
When developing a wind farm, a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is required.
The EIA examines all the potential environmental effects during the construction, operation and decommissioning phases of the development.
Following completion of the EIA, a planning application will be submitted to the relevant local planning authority.
Read more about the stages in the planning process.
Issues assessed during the Environmental Impact Assessment
The EIA is a thorough and detailed investigation to examine any potential environmental effects during the construction, operation and decommissioning of the proposed wind farm.
Particular attention is paid to the following issues: