A range of specialist consultants have undertaken surveys to be submitted with the planning application to aid in the design process and ensure the site is appropriate for a battery storage development.
Landscape & Visual: The site extends across one field. The field currently benefits from existing landscape screening, within an extensive network of bounding hedges and woodland. We are planning to enhance and reinforce that screening. A Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment is currently underway. Our application will include photomontages showing how the proposals would look within the landscape, taken from key viewpoints recommended by our consultant.
Agricultural Land Quality – An assessment of the Agricultural Land Quality has been undertaken and has found the soil on the site to be made up for grades 4 & 3b. Therefore, the land falls outside of ‘best most versatile land’ for agricultural use (grades 1 to 3b) and is suitable for to be used for other purposes.
Cultural Heritage and Archaeology: Our specialists have carried out cultural heritage assessments, considering the potential for both buried archaeology on site and inter- relationships with nearby above ground heritage assets. No buried archaeological remains are known to be present, and it has been assessed that the likelihood of any in this area will be very low. It has also been noted that no designated heritage assets would be physically impacted by the development, nor would there be harm to any designated heritage assets as a result of a change in the setting.
Ecology – A bespoke biodiversity strategy is being prepared that ensures existing and new habitats are enhanced or created to benefit local wildlife. Ecology studies have been undertaken to identify the impact of current proposals and we will use this information to design and develop our long-term management plan for the site.
Biodiversity Net Gain (BNG) – All our sites deliver BNG, and we will wherever possible exceed the statutory requirements set out for this. We are currently finalising our BNG calculations for the site and specific management and ecological mitigation measures. These will be confirmed and consulted on as part of the planning application process.
Hydrology – A flood risk assessment is underway to ensure the proposed development is not at risk from surface water or river flooding and to employ mitigations if necessary. Currently the initial indications shows no area of the site being affected by Flood Zones.
Noise – Our noise assessment work is to assess the potential noise that would be generated by the project once operational. Our projects often incorporate mitigation measures to manage noise outputs where needed. That might include, for example, acoustic louvres and walls around key electrical equipment. Features like acoustic walls can also create an opportunity to help integrate projects into their host environments through the use of different external colour treatments.