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Ayrshire Wind Farms Grid Connection Project Routeing Strategy Report

Scoping Report

Environmental Statement



South West Scotland Renewables Connection Project
Environmental Statement

The Environmental Impact Assessment

As required by the Electricity Works (Environmental Impact Assessment) (Scotland) Regulations 2000, an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) has been carried out for each of the connections comprising the SWS Project.  The EIA has been undertaken by Land Use Consultants (LUC) and associated specialist consultants, in accordance with current Government regulations, policy and good practice.

The EIA has culminated in the production of an Environmental Statement (ES).  The ES includes a description of how the work was undertaken and any assumptions made during the assessment process.  It also presents the results of the assessment of likely effects on the environment, outlines proposed mitigation measures to avoid, reduce and offset identified significant effects and reports on the likely ‘residual’ effects following adoption of the mitigation measures to which SPT is committed to implementing.  The ES also includes a Non-Technical Summary which summaries the findings and conclusions of the ES in non-technical language.

The Scottish Government and its consultees were consulted on the scope of the EIA.  On the basis of the responses to this consultation, and in accordance with the EIA Regulations, a number of topic areas were ‘scoped out’ of the EIA as no significant effects were anticipated, and these have been addressed only briefly in the ES.  These topics include physical effects (electric and magnetic fields and operational noise), air quality and climate, peat stability, coal resources, agriculture, aviation and defence and existing services.

Following this scoping exercise, and informed by the preliminary findings of the environmental survey work, it was decided that the EIA should examine the effects of the SWS Project associated with the following topic areas in detail:

  • landscape
  • visual amenity
  • hydrology, hydrogeology and water resources
  • ecology
  • ornithology
  • cultural heritage
  • traffic and transport
  • felling and construction noise
  • forestry
  • social and economic effects.

The ES comprises three volumes:

  • Volume 1: Main Text
  • Volume 2: Technical Annexes
  • Volume 3: Figures

The ES was submitted to the Scottish Government on 18 February 2009 to accompany the individual applications for each Part (A, B, C, D1, D2, D3 and D4) of the SWS Project.

South West Scotland Renewables Connection Project Environmental Statement


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ES Structure Diagram

PDF (649KB)

Volume 1: Main Text (incl. Non-Technical Summary)

Zip (88.9MB)

Volume 2: Technical Annexes

Zip (35.5MB)

Volume 3: Figures


Volume Three Figure List

PDF (987KB)

01: Introduction Figures

Zip (16.8MB)

04: The Routeing Process Figure

Zip (3.7MB)

05: The Environmental Impact Assessment Figures

Zip (15.2MB)

06: Development Description Figures

Zip (198.2MB)

07: Felling-Construction Figures

Zip (89.6MB)

08: Planning Policy Context Figure

Zip (11.6MB)

09: Landscape Effects Figures

Zip (138.8MB)

10: Visual Amenity Figures

Zip (194.7MB)

11: Hydrology Figures

Zip (71.9MB)

12: Ecology Figures

Zip (143.9MB)

13: Ornithology Figures

Zip (46.3MB)

14: Cultural Heritage Figures

Zip (133MB)

15: Traffic and Transport Figures

Zip (12.8MB)

16: Noise Figure

Zip (11MB)

17: Forestry Figures

Zip (28MB)

18: Social and Economic Effects Figure

Zip (6MB)

19: Summary Figures

Zip (61.5MB)