Stephenson Halliday took the Bankdale wind turbine project from initial concept through to planning approval. This involved the following stages:
- Site search and constraints mapping to identify the site and establish the layout of the proposal;
- Screening and pre-application discussions with the local planning authority;
- Preparation of a landscape and visual impact assessment;
- Identification, commissioning and review of relevant assessments such as noise, ecology and aviation studies; and
- Preparation and submission of supporting planning documentation, drawings and forms.
After submission, our proactive approach ensured that when an objection was received from a communications link provider, we were able to negotiate with both the link provider and the local planning authority to reposition the wind turbine without the need to withdraw and resubmit the planning application. We gained planning consent for this project in just over 3 months – quite an achievement given the current delays associated with this type of development.