ASH carried out a landscape and visual impact assessment for the proposed Viking Wind Farm

In 2006 Viking Energy (a partnership which includes Scottish and Southern Energy and Shetland Charitable Trusts), appointed ASH to carry out a Landscape and Visual impact assessment for a proposed major wind farm development on the Shetland Isles.


Key Tasks

Site options appraisal

Landscape and visual impact assessment

Cumulative landscape and visual impact assessment

Photography

Photomontages

Stakeholder consultation

Public consultation

 

What we did

The initial application predicted to produce over 500MW consisted of 150 Turbines and associated infrastructure situated in the centre of mainland Shetland.

A series of preliminary consultations, surveys and assessment work was undertaken at an early stage of the project and ASH worked closely with Viking Energy in establishing and mapping constraints and optimising the layout design to help reduce potential adverse environmental effects.

ASH then carried out detailed assessments of potential impacts on the Landscape Character and Visual Amenity of the area which fed into the Environmental Statement.

The Environmental Statement was initially published in early 2009.  An addendum reducing the layout to 127 Turbines was submitted in September 2010 and the scheme was further reduced to 103 turbines in 2011 following further discussions with Scottish Natural Heritage, the planning authority and other consultees.

The Development has been granted consent following appeal. If constructed Viking Wind Farm would be one of the largest in the UK.

 


Find out more

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