Environmental Impact Assessment
The purpose of an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) is to investigate and mitigate any potential effects of a development on the natural, physical and human environment.
Environmental Impact Assessments are a compulsory part of the planning and consenting process for wind farms. Within an EIA, the potential impacts and effects of a development on human beings, fauna and flora; soil, water, air, climate, and the landscape; material assets and the cultural heritage; and the interaction between these factors, are examined and their significance assessed. Where necessary, mitigation measures to eliminate or reduce potential impacts are identified.
Work undertaken so far
RES already has a good understanding of the site due to the wealth of data gathered over the years from previous survey work associated with the original (consented) site.
Over the last year or so, we have been undertaking detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work in relation to the proposed revised design, covering the following areas:
- Landscape and Visual;
- Archaeology and Cultural Heritage;
- Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Geology;
- Traffic and Transport; and
The findings from all of the EIA work are written up as a comprehensive Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR), which the Scottish Ministers will take into account when deciding whether or not to grant consent for the wind farm.