ASH prepared the Environmental Appraisal (EA) for a planned substation to connect Berryburn Wind Farm to the National Grid

ASH was appointed by SHE Transmission plc to prepare an Environmental Appraisal (EA) to accompany a planning application for a new substation to connect the consented Berryburn Wind Farm to the National Grid. The substation, located on Altyre Estate, approximately 12km south of Forres, Moray, is approximately 1 hectare in size and constituted a 'Local Development' under the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Development) (Scotland) Regulations 2009.

Key Tasks

Site options appraisal

Screening and Scoping

EIA coordination and project management

Landscape and visual impact assessment

Stakeholder consultation


What we did

ASH project managed a team of specialist consultants to undertake ecological and archaeological surveys and assessments, and was responsible for the landscape and visual impact assessment of the proposed substation.

As part of the EA, ASH prepared a schedule of mitigation measures to be adopted during construction to ensure potential adverse effects on the local environment were minimised. This involved the marking out of archaeological sites within the vicinity of the works. Outline landscape mitigation proposals were also prepared.

ASH maintained close liaison with Moray Council and statutory consultees throughout the project. The planning application was prepared and submitted by ASH in June 2011. Full planning consent was granted by Moray Council during January 2012.

Once consent had been granted, ASH worked closely with SHE Transmission, the successful contractor and Moray Council to ensure all Conditions of Consent were discharged prior to construction commencing. Trial runs were organised for the delivery of abnormal loads to ensure Moray Council were satisfied with the preferred construction access and delivery route.


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