We acted as lead consultant in the preparation of an environmental impact assessment for the proposed Neuadd-goch Bank wind farm, based on a 12-turbine layout, to be located north of Newtown in mid Wales. Key aspects considered included visual impacts, noise and local ecology. Transport issues also needed to be addressed, as the local authority was concerned about the cumulative impact of the various wind farms in Powys.
The site for the wind farm lies within Strategic Search Area C, one of seven such areas designated in the Welsh Assembly Government Technical Advice Note 8 (TAN 8). The focus of TAN 8 is to organise onshore wind generation in Wales into specifically-designated zones based on suitability in relation to factors such as population, resources, ecology, etc.
Our specialist consultants advised the wind farm developer, Npower Renewables, on a number aspects of the project's impact, including transport, archaeology, cultural heritage, hydrology and drainage. We prepared detailed noise studies, a design and access statement, and looked in detail at shadow flicker, local tourism and recreation, geology and soils, and land use.