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FEATURE SPONSOR


CULTURAL HERITAGE


SPECIALIST ADVICE


However, it remains a potentially complex contentious issue for single to multi turbine on-shore schemes in relation to nearby individual or multiple designated heritage assets.


BARNWELL MANOR WIND FARM A recent Court of Appeal ruling on the proposed Barnwell Manor Wind Farm has resulted in the implications of Section 66 of the Planning (Listed Buildings and Conservation Areas) Act 1990 to the industry being extenuated. Section 66 requires that a Local Planning Authority and the Secretary of State should have special regard to the desirability of preserving a listed building or its setting.


This has led to current position where harm to the setting and significance of a listed building arising from a proposed development, such as a wind farm, having to be regarded as more harmful than many other environmental considerations and thereby requiring a higher level of public benefit from the proposed development to justify this harm.


Given the height of wind turbines, a proposed wind farm or single turbine frequently has the potential to effect the setting many listed buildings within a wide area, so consequently, Section 66 of the 1990 Act poses a particularly tough challenge to the wind industry.


OVERCOMING POTENTIAL PROBLEMS The key to overcoming these potential problems is the early involvement of heritage consultants in project planning in order to flush out, pin down and resolve the key heritage issues while there is scope for flexibility in the numbers and layout of turbines.


This enables greater certainty in delivering a robust historic environment assessment in planning applications and Environmental Statements and a stronger case when the historic environment becomes contentious issue at a Public Inquiry.


CgMs (which has recently become part of the RPS Group) has developed a specialism in advising on-shore wind farm developers, and their environmental advisors, on the impacts of proposed schemes on the historic environment. CgMs is the largest independent heritage consultancy with offices across the UK, providing advice on resolving the often conflicting demands of conservation and achieving profitable & sustainable renewable energy developments.


The company prides itself in understanding our client’s business and projects and responding positively to their aims and objectives. The company’s services are tailor made for each client to provide a responsive and flexible approach to instructions on a project by project basis.


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