What will it look like?
Changing views are an apparent effect of operating wind turbines, and, whilst opinions on this are highly individual and varied, a clear and objective assessment can be made using established guidance and procedures.
Landscape and Visual Assessment
To demonstrate what the Proposed Development would look like, a landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) is being undertaken in line with NatureScot (formerly Scottish Natural Heritage) guidance. This examines the effects on both the landscape resource and the visual amenity of the people experiencing the views of the landscape.
The selection of viewpoints used within this assessment is informed by establishing a ‘Zone of Theoretical Visibility’ (ZTV).
We are working to agree some revisions to viewpoint locations with South Ayrshire Council and NatureScot following consultation with both parties.
The viewpoints will be represented through a mix of photomontages and wireframes, with photographs taken from the viewpoints.
The viewpoints and photography are used to make an objective assessment of the impact of the development on the landscape and visual amenity of the Proposed Development and its surrounding environment.
Zone of Theoretical Visibility
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The ZTV illustrates the theoretical visibility of the Proposed Development, based on what is referred to as a bare earth model. It does not include the screening effect of ground cover features, such as vegetation and buildings, which typically significantly reduces the amount of actual visibility of wind turbines.
Click the links to the below to view photomontages and wirelines for each location.
Photomontages show existing operational windfarms and the Proposed Development. Wirelines included show existing operational windfarms, the Proposed Development and the proposed Craiginmoddie windfarm which is currently at Scoping stage.