Sept 18 Newsletter - Page 5

Renewable energy like wind, hydro and biomass is Scotland’s largest source of power
and onshore wind provides the bulk of that capacity. Government figures show that
new onshore wind farms are now the lowest cost way to generate electricity in the
UK driven by advances in technology and a move towards bigger and more efficient
Our Planning Director, Mary Campbell, has strong links with Newcastle and the
North East. She has lived in Northumberland for over 30 years and worked in local
government, consultancy as well as academia through Newcastle University. In
addition, Stephenson Halliday as a Practice has worked with clients in the region for
many years, in delivering consents for a wide range of developments.
In November 2017 we set up
our new North East office.
We chose office space within
the new, state of the art
incubator space at the Old
Post Office on St Nicholas
Street, Newcastle. The space
was developed by NBS (RIBA
Enterprises) as part of their
£5.8m re-development of
The Old Post Office and is
targeted at companies in
the digital, technology and
development sectors looking
to grow.
The Newcastle Planning Team
is now four strong. In addition
to Mary, Alastair Willis joined
the team as Technical Director
(Planning) to build our work
stream in the residential and
commercial sectors. Mary
and Alastair are supported
by Marie-Louise Milliken,
Principal Planner, with
expertise in residential and
minerals sectors and Adam
Burn, Graduate Planner.
Highlights of our first year
• Winning work from a broad
selection of residential,
retail, minerals, waste and
infrastructure clients;
• Preparing and submitting
planning applications for
175 new dwellings across
the North East with further
applications in the pipeline;
• Representing local
communities at the North
Yorkshire & York Minerals
and Waste Local Plan
Examination in Public on
“Fracking” policies;
• Chairing and speaking
at the NE RTPI Minerals,
Waste and Energy Planning
We are delighted by our
successful first year in the North
East and are looking to expand
our team and client base over the
next year.
In December 2017, the Scottish
Government published the
Scottish Energy Strategy and
the Onshore Wind Policy
Statement. These documents
introduce new targets for
2030 for 50% of the energy
for Scotland’s heat, transport
and electricity consumption to
be supplied from renewable
sources. This may require that
renewable energy generation
magnificent landscapes. Our
planning and landscape
teams have been very active
over the past 18 months
working closely with a number
of developers undertaking
detailed feasibility studies on
sites throughout Scotland to
assess the potential for large
scale wind farm development.
The move towards larger
turbines is acknowledged by
in the renewables sector
having advised on over 200
on-shore wind farm proposals
throughout the UK including
many operational, consented
and proposed sites. We
have a strong track record of
success and recently in August
2018, were delighted at the
Scottish Government appeal
decision to grant consent to
the Pines Burn Wind Farm
rises to over 140% of Scotland’s
electricity consumption. It has
stated that onshore wind must
continue to play a vital role in
meeting energy and climate
change goals.
The right balance needs to be
achieved between environmental impacts, local support,
benefits and schemes which
are compatible with Scotland’s
Government and this creates
particular challenges in terms
of compatibility in design
terms with other adjacent
wind farm developments and
achieving an acceptable fit in
landscape terms.
proposal, south of Hawick,
comprising 11 turbines with
a tip height of up to 149.9m.
It has been a pleasure to
assist with the landscape led
design solution for Pines Burn
and assist Energie Kontor
with expert landscape and
visual advice throughout
the application and appeal
We are widely recognised as
one of the leading planning
and landscape consultants
Please contact Ken
Halliday, Landscape
Planning Director
(T: 01539 739000) for
further information.
• Event at By The River Brew
in September.
Pines Burn: Photomontage
Page 4
DEC 2016
Image Size
820 x 260mm
This visualisation is a planar projection panorama; View flat at a comfortable arm’s length.
Ignores screening effects of woodland and other intervening objects.
All directions given as bearings relative to Grid North (BNG).
Location map scale: 1:25,000.
Selected site infrastructure and proposed tree felling have been included on this photomontage, with borrowpit
Viewpoint Information:
Grid Reference:
Ground Height:
Direction of Centre of View: ³
Pines Burn Wind Farm Layout Information:
Photography Information:
353751E 602267N
331m AOD
Camera Height:
Canon EOS 5D MkII
50mm Fixed Focal Length
Hub Heights:
Heights to Blade Tip:
100m; 80m
158.4m; 129.9m
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