So far in 2015, REG Windpower has successfully attained planning permission for three separate wind energy projects in South Wales; Mynydd Brombil, Mynydd Portref and Abergorki, totalling 14 large wind turbines.
Avian Ecology was fully involved in each site from conception through to consent, ensuring that the ecological effects of the developments were fully understood and a robust assessment of effects was provided to the Planning Authority. Ecology was a central planning consideration and required sensitive negotiations with relevant authorities and stakeholders. As ever with wind farm projects, there were a few twists and turns along the way, but success was achieved by ensuring that each project didn’t simply mitigate adverse effects, but provided demonstrable biodiversity gains without affecting the projects commercially.
On the Mynydd Brombil project, Owen Saward, Development manager of REG Windpower said “Avian produced a 25 year Section 106 Habitat Management Plan for a project at appeal – that project has now been consented thanks to Avian’s work with the landowner, Planning Authority and the various solicitors agreeing the Section 106. Avian will continue to be REG Windpower’s ‘go to’ practice for ecology advice”.
Details of each project can be found on REG Windpower’s website here.