Nicholas Pearson Associates

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West Hinkley Wind Farm

Client:  West Somerset District Council

Location: Hinkley Point, Somerset

West Somerset District Council appointed Nicholas Pearson Associates to review the Environmental Statement submitted with a planning application for twelve wind turbines adjacent to Hinkley Point Nuclear Power Station.
We provided an initial review of ES quality against statutory requirements and good practice guidance. This was followed by specialist reviews of the landscape and visual impact assessment, including verification of the accuracy of the photomontages prepared by the applicant. We also reviewed the ecological surveys undertaken and the likely effects in relation to the adjacent Bridgwater Bay SSSI, Severn Estuary SPA and a local wildlife site.
We were retained to review further information provided by the applicant and advised the Council's planning officer reporting to planning committee. Whilst the application received both local opposition and support from environmental groups, it was refused permission by the Council. The ES review had enabled the Council to verify the validity of the information in the ES and the subsequent additional information before making its decision.