ASH prepared an Environmental Appraisal for the planned Fetteresso Forest substation to connect the Mid Hill 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 Mid Hill Wind Farm to the National Grid.
The substation, located within Fetteresso Forest, Aberdeenshire, is approximately 5 hectares in size and constituted a 'Major Application' under the Town and Country Planning (Hierarchy of Development) (Scotland) Regulations 2009.
Site options appraisal
Screening and Scoping
EIA coordination and project management
Landscape and visual impact assessment
Environmental monitoring during construction
What we did
ASH project managed a team of specialist consultants to undertake ecological, hydrological and archaeological surveys and assessments, and was responsible for the landscape and visual impact assessment of the proposed substation.
ASH maintained close liaison with Aberdeenshire Council and statutory consultees throughout the project and held a public consultation event to advise the local community about the proposals.
The planning application was prepared and submitted by ASH in October 2010. Full planning consent was granted by Aberdeenshire Council during May 2011.
Once consent had been granted, ASH prepared a Construction Environmental Management Document, in combination with SHE Transmission and the successful contractor, to ensure mitigation measures identified within the EA were adopted during construction.
ASH also prepared detailed landscape mitigation measures which included an Outline Proposal Plan, specification and planting schedules.
During construction, ASH was retained to ensure implementation of the landscape mitigation measures and regularly attend the site to monitor environmental compliance.
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