Wind Energy Developments

Neo Environmental staff are experts in the field of wind energy, having completed various assessments on over 200 wind energy projects throughout the UK and Ireland. These projects have ranged from small single domestic scale FiT (Feed in Tariff) projects to large multi-Megawatt Wind Farms. Our involvement has varied from providing a full suite of environmental assessments for supporting applications to single bespoke reports. Neo Environmental are generally involved in one or all of the following three stages for wind developments:

  • The Pre-Planning stage;
  • Planning stage; and
  • Post-Planning Stage

 

We have been involved in initial pre-planning stages where planning consultants, architects and developers have required technical assessments and other services to identify the viability of projects and for stakeholder engagement.

  1. Pre-Planning services include:
  • Radar Assessments
  • Telecommunication Assessments
  • Initial Desk Based Cumulative Noise Assessments
  • Transport Assessments
  • Initial ZTV, wireframe and Photomontage production for meetings with planners and stakeholders
  • Design and production of pre-planning exhibition material and visuals
  • Grid connection Feasibility Assessments
  • Initial Consultations with Consultees and/or Stakeholders
  • Scoping for EIA (Environmental Impact Assessments)

Neo Environmental provide tailored environmental packages and bespoke services for the planning stage of wind energy developments. These are generally customised to the specific requirements of the individual project, based on the size and type of project (EIA or Non-EIA), requirements of the client and agreed scope of works with LPAs (Local Planning Authorities) and various consultees. Where projects have been determined as EIA development, then scoping will need to be conducted, which Neo Environmental can undertake.

  1. Our Wind Energy services for the Planning Stage include
  • Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments
  • Heritage Impact Assessments
  • Ecological Surveys & Assessments
  • Noise Impact Assessments
  • Program of Archaeological Works (Geophysical Surveys and Trial Trenching)
  • Design and Access Statements
  • Shadow Flicker Assessments
  • Transport Assessments
  • Hydrological Surveys & Assessments
  • Arboriculture (Tree) Surveys
  • Mapping & Visualisation Production

There are usually a number of conditions attached to any planning consent, which will need to be discharged prior to, or as part of, the development process. Neo Environmental have significant experience is aiding developers, planning consultants and architects in the discharging of environmental conditions. We have also acted as clerks of works for projects and produced numerous assessments for supporting appeals and variations to planning.

  1. Our Post Consent Services include:
  • Surveys, Assessments & Reports to aid in the Discharge of Conditions
  • Clerks of works for Archaeology, Ecology, Ornithology, Landscape, Noise, etc.
  • Reports to support Appeals & Planning Variations
  • Due Diligence assessments