In addition to our landscape and visual impact assessment, we have also considered how the development may affect other aspects of the natural and built environment. Some of these are reviewed below.
Our preliminary analysis, developed in consultation with the environmental health officer at Allerdale Borough Council, shows that the noise created by the turbines would be within acceptable limits. The methodology we have utilised closely follows the guidance set out in Energy Technology Support Unit document ETSU-R-97 and was agreed in advance with the environmental health officer of Allerdale Borough Council.
Ecology and ornithology
We have worked closely with several conservation organisations, including Natural England, the RSPB, the Environment Agency and Allerdale Borough Council, to refine our proposals. Preliminary analysis shows that the turbines are unlikely to have a detrimental impact on wildlife in the area.
Traffic and transportation
Suitable transportation routes for deliveries during construction will be agreed with the council before development starts, and will be formulated from the results of our detailed transport assessment. These routes will avoid local villages.
The proposed site layout avoids the existing telecommunications links. A professional assessment of these links indicates that no significant impact is expected. In the unlikely event of issues arising once the turbines are operational, these will be rectified at our cost.