Furzedown Farm, 500kW single wind turbine, Cornwall

Fig-5-LCA-Furzedown-Farm-P0144A landscape and visual impact assessment (LVIA) was produced for a proposed 500kW wind turbine (77m to blade tip), near Lostwithiel in Cornwall.

The LVIA outlined the existing landscape relevant designations, landscape character and visual amenity receptors within a 10km radius study area, centred on the proposed wind turbine. The LVIA assessed the magnitude of impact and significance of effect on these receptors as a result of the construction, operation and de-commissioning of the proposed wind turbine and proposed mitigation measures to reduce any potential impacts and effects. The LVIA also considered the cumulative effects of the proposed development when perceived with other wind energy schemes that are operational, consented or in planning within the study area.

Zones of Theoretical Visibility (ZTVs) to hub height and blade tip were also created and helped to inform the location of potential viewpoints and the potential extent of impacts and effects as a result of the proposed development. Eight agreed viewpoints, all of which were interpreted as wireline views and photomontages, were also used to inform the LVIA.

The proposed wind turbine was granted planning permission.