In April 2018 Pegasus Group was instructed to provide landscape and visual services in relation to the potential repowering of Scotland’s oldest wind farm, Hagshaw Hill in South Lanarkshire. Hagshaw Hill, which was originally granted consent in 1994, comprised 26no. 600kW turbines, 57m in height to blade tip. The project ultimately sought its replacement with 14no. turbines up to 200m in height, plus 20MW of energy storage and this was granted planning approval in February 2020.
Pegasus Group began by undertaking assessments to inform scheme option discussions and then provided advice and guidance throughout the design iteration process, helping to shape the development towards its final scale and extent. This included gaining an understanding of the potential relationships between the prospective turbines and the grain and scale of the landscape, its character and its relationship with the settled lowlands and valleys. This initial understanding of the opportunities and constraints was fundamental to the appropriate shaping the project in its later stages. Following the Design Freeze, the scheme then moved to assessment stage, where Pegasus Group provided a detailed and robust Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment (LVIA) Chapter, for inclusion in the submitted EIA Report. This included a detailed consideration of residential visual amenity matters and the potential impacts of the visible aviation lighting associated with the turbines. Both of these matters were addressed through separate and detailed standalone Reports provided as Appendices to the LVIA.
The scheme, in gaining its approval from the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit in February 2020, was able to demonstrate that it was a good design and that it had sought to minimise its environmental effects. It had local support, with no objection from the Local Planning Authority, gained following pro-active efforts made by both the client and Pegasus Group to liaise with both the nearby Local Authorities and SNH during the application process, along with the Scottish Government themselves.
Pegasus Group’s environment team are highly experienced in the delivery of Landscape and Visual services of this nature, with a particular emphasis on early guidance and support to inform the right choice of development to be taken forward into planning. The team is also experienced in advising on projects that have been refused consent or received significant levels of objection, where an Appeal or Inquiry is being considered. With the potential for an Inquiry to arise, the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments prepared by our Landscape Architects are undertaken knowing that they need to provide a sound base upon which Landscape and Visual Evidence at the Appeal Stage will be developed, either for presentation at Public Inquiry or through written representations.
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