In the uplands of South Lanarkshire north of the village of Beattock, Nevis Environmental assisted with the development of the 42MW Andershaw Wind Farm.
The developer, Statkraft UK, is part of Europe’s largest producer of renewable energy, and the project is Statkraft’s third onshore wind development in Scotland.
Situated in an area of forests, opencast quarries, hill farming and other wind farms, Andershaw will make a valuable contribution to Scotland’s ambitious renewable energy targets, providing clean, green electricity to meet the needs of approximately 20,200 homes.
The developers faced a mountain of planning conditions along with a number of legal agreements which had to be resolved before construction could start. There were delays with the local planning authority before planning consent was finalised, and the ecology and environmental surveys resulted in a number of planning changes to minimise impact on the environment and ensure that the project was a commercial success.
Nevis Environmental was the principal consultant for all planning activities. They helped to ensure that the environmental conditions that existed at the site were maintained to meet planning consent requirements. And they prepared non-material variations for planning consent, that is, minor alterations to an original planning permission that do not in themselves require planning permission. Nevis carried out all the necessary ecology and hydrology surveys to enable the construction work to get under way.
Nevis also agreed to review and update habitat management plans over the entire 25-year lifespan of the wind farm, which includes tree-felling programmes, scrub management and restocking trees on the site. The site will ultimately be handed back to the landowners at the end of the 25 years.
Consultation, collaboration and a refusal to be daunted by a mountain of planning conditions enabled this project to proceed with expert help from Nevis.
The planning process was moved forward smoothly, with agreements reached among all stakeholders. Any changes needed were handled without creating unnecessary delays, to make sure that the project was a commercial success.
Working in collaboration and agreeing project milestones meant that documents, surveys and consultations were delivered to allow the project to move forward.
Where changes were required, the implications of these were assessed and the effects understood fully by all involved, across the entire project, including the costs across the lifetime of the project.