Stephenson Halliday was pleased to assist DPE Marine Energy with the preparation of a Seascape, Landscape and Visual Assessment (SLVIA) for the West Islay Tidal Energy Park proposal in Argyll and Bute.
The development consists of up to 15 surface-piercing devices (comprising up to 30 tidal turbines below the sea surface) located approximately 5.4km off the south-west coast of Islay, Argyll and Bute. The development will have a generating capacity of up to 30MWh; enough to power the equivalent of approximately 18,000 homes.
The main issue to be overcome was the lack of certainty over the precise details of the final development. As such, sufficient flexibility had to be built into the EIA process, and on this basis, the SLVIA was undertaken following the ‘Rochdale Envelope’ approach. On this basis, the SLVIA considers the ‘worst case’ option for the proposed development. In reality, the final development may constitute fewer than 15no surface-piercing devices. Stephenson Halliday also prepared supporting material for public exhibition and the consultation process during the EIA.
This Section 36 proposal was approved by Scottish Ministers in June 2017.