Developing a project of this size is costly and takes time with a number of factors needing to be looked at in detail. We have to consider the ecological impacts versus the benefit of generating clean energy, what technologies are best and the design of the wind farm, how we will transmit the electricity generated onto land, from where and how we will procure the kit and services we need. All the while trying to mitigate any impacts the project may have on the environment and stakeholders whilst keeping costs as low as possible.
We need to demonstrate how we have examined these factors and what conclusions we have drawn in our planning applications and the planning process is designed to rigorously examine our work.
At the heart of the planning process is consultation – with subject experts, with members of the public, with elected representatives, and with statutory agencies. All can have a say on the project through the DCO process.