Success for Stronelairg Wind Farm Appeal

With the recent success of the Judicial Review Appeal for Stronelairg Wind Farm, ASH continues to support SSE in the development of the scheme.

ASH has supported SSE throughout the life of the project to date, from early feasibility, environmental impact assessment, planning submission and subsequent judicial review and judicial appeal, and are delighted that this carefully designed scheme located in a natural bowl around the exiting operational 100MW Glendow Hydro Scheme, and supported by local stakeholders, the local community council and The Highland Council planning committee is finally going ahead.

ASH was commissioned to carry out and co-ordinate the environmental impact assessment and undertake the landscape and visual impact assessment for submission with the Section 36 application to the Scottish Government.

ASH project managed the production of the Environmental Statement, providing specialist landscape and visual impact assessment and co-ordinating the inputs of specialist consultants under the topics of ecology, ornithology, hydrology, peat and soils, traffic, planning, socio-economic, tourism and recreation.

A series of wirelines and photomontages were produced to demonstrate the potential landscape and visual impacts from a number of viewpoints which had been agreed with The Highland Council and Scottish Natural Heritage.

ASH also advised and co-ordinated constraints, layout and mitigation proposals as part of the Environmental Statement which accompanied the Section 36 application in 2012.

Stronelairg Wind Farm will bring up to £15 million of benefits to the local community over the 25-year lifetime of the development with an additional £15 million to go to the Highland-wide Sustainable Energy Fund. The construction phase is expected to create more than 100 jobs.

Read more about ASH’s involvement in Stronelairg Wind Farm.

About ASH design + assessment

ASH design + assessment is a trading name of ASH design + assessment Limited.

ASH design + assessment is a former Partnership, established in 1979, which supplies landscape and environmental professional services associated with a broad range of environmental issues as part of an assessment and design process which can inform the promoters of public and private development.

The expertise of the company is founded upon urban and rural regeneration initiatives, transport-related assessment and design, and renewables assessment and design.