Wednesday, 22 May 2013

Rampion: Potential visual impact on seascape, landscape and Visual Receptors.

Hello and welcome to my blog. It's great to see you again.

In this week's vidiblog, I talk about the potential visual impact of the Rampion offshore windfarm proposal on the area, focussing on Brighton, Worthing and Shoreham. The film is longer than normal so I've left out the outtakes this week.


The Butterfly hunt at Mill Hill. Chris Corrigan was our group leader and he gives a light hearted account of our trip under the title Sunday 19th May 2013.

I quoted extensively from EON's Environmental Impact Assessment on seascape, landscape and visual impact.  It is a large document so here are some of the sections I referred to:-

12.3.68 (pages 12-22) gives details of what a viewer standing on Brighton beach could see of a turbine located 15 km away. The figures they give are based on a 3MW class wind turbine, the smallest one I mentioned in the film. The application is for 4MW and 7MW class wind turbines.

Table 12.13 (pages 12-81/3) gives more details of what could be seen from Brighton and Worthing sea front promenades.

12.5.43 (pages 12-94) summarises the potential visual impact on Shoreham, Southwick and Portslade.

This assessment is very detailed, so the conclusion may be a good place to start and then move back to  pages 12-93 to 12-99 which summarise the effects on each of the urban settlements, footpaths, trails and cycleways, South Downs National Park, beaches, cliffs, and boats.

I did not mention the potential visual impact of the navigation lights on the wind turbines as these have been assessed as negligible, (12.5.69).

This is the link to section 26 which also deals with landscape and visual impact.

If you are interested in finding out more but do not fancy trawling through the paperwork, EON have recommended a trip to Margate to get an idea of what Rampion could look like if planning permission was granted.

I'll see you next week for a brief look at the potential noise impact on us, the Onshore Receptors.

Ta-ra for now.

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