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Hollandmey Renewable Energy Development - Landscape and Visual Considerations

What will the proposed Development look like?

The proposed Development will result in changes to views and it is important to show what it would potentially look like as part of the landscape. It is also important that a transparent and objective assessment of potential changes to landscape and views resulting from the proposed Development is made using established guidance and procedures

Landscape and Visual Assessment

An LVIA is being undertaken in line with Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) and The Highland Council (THC) requirements and in accordance with guidance from the Landscape Institute. The LVIA examines effects on both the landscape and the views and visual amenity experienced by people living in and visiting the area.

The LVIA will use a series of viewpoints representative of views experienced from publicly accessible locations in the area. The viewpoints will be agreed with THC, SNH and other consultees and photographs will be taken at each viewpoint by a professional photographer.

A series of visualisations will be prepared for each viewpoint. These will be a mix of photomontages and wireline representations of the proposed Development.

The viewpoints and photography form part of the information used to inform a systematic and objective assessment of the potential impacts of the proposed Development on landscape, views and visual amenity of the area surrounding the Site.

What we will do

We will continue to identify how the proposal may affect the environment and incorporate that into our design process. It will also be informed by the findings and analysis of other environmental studies and feedback from consultees.

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Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV)

The ZTV illustrates the theoretical visibility of the proposed Hollandmey 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.

Click the links below to view photomontages from each location

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