Environmental Report & EIA
ASH prepared a screening report in support of a request for a Screening Opinion from the Scottish Government, and then prepared an Environmental Report in support of the Section 37 Planning Application.
The Environmental Report describes the alternatives considered and also documents the findings of the environmental impact assessment of the proposed route, both during the construction and operation of the scheme.
The main environmental concerns of the new 132kV transmission line related to potential impacts on:
- Ecology and nature conservation
- Cultural heritage
- Potential impacts on the local landscape and visual amenity of the area
ASH liaised closely with Aberdeenshire Council, SNH, SEPA, RSPB and Historic Scotland. ASH also appointed sub consultant archaeologists and ecologists to carry out specialist surveys and assist them in the preparation of the Environmental Report. Work included:
- Project management
- Site screening
- Route options
- Environmental Impact Assessment
- Mitigation measures
132kV Line Design & Development
Design development, site survey and assessment of the new 132kV transmission line took place over an eighteen month period. The Environmental Report, completed late 2007, concluded that careful routeing together with mitigation measures would reduce the localised environmental effects and would not materially endanger the landscape quality, biodiversity interests or cultural heritage of the study area and its wider setting.