Ladyfield was first identified as a potential wind farm site several years ago, and environmental surveys have been ongoing at the site since early 2020.
The project now consists of approximately 15 turbines (reduced from 18), with a total capacity of between 50 and 70 Megawatts (MW). The current proposals include for turbines up to a tip height of 180 metres, which has been reduced from 200 metres.
Access, Infrastructure and Surveys
Ancillary infrastructure will also be required as part of the new wind farm, which will likely include a substation, turbine transformers, new and upgraded access track, temporary construction compound, crane hardstandings and a permanent meteorological mast. The connection to the National Grid will be subject to a separate consent application.
Environmental surveys at Ladyfield will continue throughout 2022 which will further inform the design of the project. Specialist surveys being undertaken include (but are not limited to):
- Two years of bird surveys;
- Ecology surveys, including for vegetation, bats and protected species such as badger and otter;
- Ground conditions surveys such as peat probing;
- Hydrology surveys;
- Visual impact surveys;
- Background noise surveys; and
- Traffic surveys
Our proposals and designs for the site will be guided by data gathered during surveys, and by advice provided by independent environmental consultants.