When developing a wind farm, many environmental factors are taken into account. To assess what potential impact the proposed wind farm could have on the site and its surrounding area, independent experts have undertaken studies in the fields of ecology, visual impacts on the landscape, noise and aviation. Examples of studies carried out for Vectis Wind Farm include:
The proposed turbines would be up to 100m high at their tallest point, referred to as 'blade tip' or 'tip height'.
Landscape architects have been consulted to ensure the design minimises any visual impact. Photomontages and computer-generated 'wireframes' are available from a range of different viewpoints, demonstrating varying levels of visibility. At the public exhibition, a 3D model of the site and its surroundings were available for viewing. This allowed visitors to assess views at the wind farm from virtually everywhere, including your own front door or rear garden.
Modern wind turbines are much quieter than those used in the earlier days of wind farms. It is now possible to stand under an operational turbine and hold a conversation without even raising voices.
To ensure that the scheme adheres to strict governmental noise regulations, background noise has been monitored at several locations near the site. Predicted noise levels from the wind farm need to fall within the ETSU-R-97 limits.
As with all our wind farm projects, extensive wildlife surveys have been carried out by various independent surveyors specialising in different wildlife species.
The Environmental Statement
The environmental impact assessment is undertaken to assess potential impacts of the development on the local environment. It also considers what measures are required to avoid or reduce any adverse environmental impacts.
The findings are reported in a comprehensive Environmental Statement (ES) which accompanies the planning application to Isle of Wight Council.