Planning and planting offshore windfarms
Off the coast of Sussex, UK, 116 wind turbines protrude from the sea. They look strikingly like the flower the local schoolchildren named the wind farm after, the round-headed rampion. Rampion is the first offshore wind farm on the south coast. It generates enough renewable energy to power 350,000 homes. RSK, working with the developer E.ON, undertook environmental impact assessments for the wind farm and supported the project during preconstruction and construction phases.
RSK produced documents that were submitted to and approved by West Sussex County Council and South Downs National Park Authority, which enabled construction of the wind farm. RSK’s remit covered every aspect of wind farm planning, including landscape management, great crested newt and bat surveys, and construction health and safety and preconstruction analysis. The development consent order concerning onshore developments was divided into 12 submission packages. RSK considered issues including highways access, public rights of way and associated Environment Agency and local flood authority drainage consents for each stage of the order.
During construction, RSK assisted E.ON with deviation requests for official documents and provided ongoing consultancy and specialist support for ecology, arboriculture and noise. Rampion wind farm was commissioned in April 2018.