Atmos Consulting has helped developer Muirden Energy and the Logie Estate to complete a comprehensive planning application and achieve planning approval for the Hill of Glaschyle Wind Farm near Forres, on the Moray coast.
The project, consisting of twelve 2.3MW turbines, has been approved following close liaison with local residents, statutory consultees and Moray Council. Atmos provided practical solutions on noise, hydrology and peat management, using its in-house GIS specialists to assist in identifying the key site constraints in the first instance.
As part of the consultation process Atmos’ Noise and Acoustics team not only analysed the noise that would arise from the construction and operation of the proposed new development, but also calculated the cumulative noise impact, by adding nearby wind farm developments to its analysis.
The Soils and Water team assessed the potential impact of the proposed development on the surface water and groundwater environment – both on the site and its immediate surroundings.
Lucy Parker, Senior Hydrologist said:
“Open consultation with the local residents at an early stage to identify water supply infrastructure and key sensitive hydrological receptors was very important. This ensured that their assets were properly considered and was essential for informing the development design.”
Atmos also undertook a peat depth assessment and was able to advise on the site layout to focus on peat-free areas and avoid damaging valuable deep peat deposits.
Richard Steel, Technical Director of Eco Hydrology at Atmos said:
“We were delighted to see the project approved. It’s been a real team effort here and, as a relative newcomer to the consultancy, I’ve been particularly pleased to see the synergy that is created within the team of skilled and talented experts.
“We have some of the UK’s leading peat habitat experts on our staff, including Dr Geeta Puri and Stewart Lowther, our Managing Director. Our expertise in peatland management and hydrology lends itself to provision of the best available solutions for our clients.”