Stephenson Halliday is delighted with the approval of the Kirk Hill Wind Farm appeal last week.
We first became involved in the project in 2014, providing landscape and planning services to our client Coriolis Energy. These included LVIA and EIA coordination of this eight turbine scheme in South Ayrshire. Following submission of the original planning application in 2015, we continued to be actively involved in the project, providing additional environmental information including detailed landscape character analysis and updated cumulative assessment. Following refusal by South Ayrshire Council in 2016, Stephenson Halliday worked closely with Coriolis Energy to provide landscape and visual advice in relation to the subsequent appeal. The appeal was allowed by a Reporter appointed by the Scottish Ministers in February 2017.
‘Coriolis were delighted with Stephenson Halliday’s work managing the EIA and undertaking LVIA for Kirk Hill, happily consented at appeal with the Reporter agreeing in almost every case with the assessments made by SH in preference to that provided by SAC and SNH. SH managed the work effectively, to time and to budget. Their work, for an exacting and informed client, never avoided the difficult issues and risks. Their methodology allowed confidence that the assessments were professional and independent whilst communicating closely with the development team. Problems were solved by discussion and ideas between us, rather than imposed by either party. A pleasure indeed!’ – Harry Malyon, Coriolis Energy March 2017