Stephenson Halliday prepared the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment for Mochrum Fell Wind farm (11 turbines, 126.5m to blade tip) near Corsock in Dumfries and Galloway on behalf of Coriolis Energy Ltd. The site is located within an area of commercial forestry and moorland, which is described as an area of ‘potential constraint’ within Dumfries and Galloway Council’s supplementary guidance. The LVIA was completed in November 2013.
Following receipt of post-submission comments, further consultation was undertaken with Dumfries and Galloway Council with regards to potential design alterations to mitigate landscape and visual effects. Stephenson Halliday worked closely with our client Coriolis Energy at this time to amend the layout, resulting in the creation of a revised eight turbine layout. This was recommended for consent by the council’s Planning Officer and Landscape Architect in 2014, only to be subsequently refused at committee.
Following refusal by Dumfries and Galloway Council, Stephenson Halliday continued to work closely with Coriolis Energy in the preparation of an appeal. The appeal was lodged in 2015 and consented by Scottish Ministers in July 2016.