The following will be taken into consideration as the design for the site is developed:
- Landscape and visual appearance – the appearance of the wind farm will be assessed from representative viewpoints.
- Noise – A wind mast was erected on 12 April 2013 to record wind speeds this data will be used to ensure that the designed noise levels are within acceptable limits at surrounding homes as determined by Dumfries and Galloway Council.
- Ecology and Ornithology – wildlife and bird studies are underway and the design will take into account the findings by seeking to avoid sensitive habitats.
- Shadow Flicker – initial views are that shadow flicker is not anticipated to be an issue due to the distance to the closest properties and local topography, however turbines can be programmed to ensure that shadow flicker will not occur.
- Items of archaeological interest and cultural heritage – there are no listed buildings or scheduled ancient monuments within the boundary of the site but, as a safeguard, Banks Renewables has appointed an archaeologist as a member of the design team.
- Surface and groundwater – the design will take account of existing water courses and adequate controls will be in place for construction.
- Television signals and telecommunication links – if television reception is found to be affected as a result of the wind farm mitigation measures will be put in place.
- Aviation – the potential impact on the working of civil and military radar will be analysed.
- Traffic – there will be a short term increase in traffic levels during construction phases. This will be assessed and controlled in agreement with Dumfries and Galloway Council.
We will consider all technical and environmental aspects as well as feedback from local people and other parties to develop an appropriately designed wind farm for Knockendurrick.