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What will the proposed Development 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 will look like, a landscape and visual impact assessment is being undertaken in accordance with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) requirements. This examines effects on both the landscape and the visual amenity of the people experiencing the views of the landscape.
A selection of viewpoints is informed by establishing a ‘Zone of Theoretical Visibility’. These will then be agreed with Dumfries and Galloway Council and Scottish Natural Heritage.
The viewpoints will be represented through a mix of photomontages and wireframes, with photographs taken from the appropriate 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 (ZTV)
The ZTV illustrates the theoretical visibility of the proposed Harestanes South Renewable Energy 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 turbines.
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