Planning - Warburtons Single Wind Turbine

Project Description: 
Warburtons commissioned TNEI Services Ltd to provide planning and environmental consultancy services on the development of a proposal to install a single wind turbine at the Warburtons factory site in Bristol.

A formal EIA Screening process was undertaken, followed by an informal Scoping process (as the development was considered sub-EIA). TNEI then co-ordinated the process of environmental assessment, managed third party specialist assessors, technically reviewed assessment reporting and preparation of the planning submission and Environmental Report. TNEI undertook site design taking into account the results of environmental assessment, physical and technical constraints and future use of the site.

The site lies within an industrialized area which lends itself well to turbine development. However due to its proximity to the Severn estuary there were a number of ecological issues on-site.  The application was approved at planning committee at the end of July 2012.

The project consists of a single turbine with a maximum height to blade tip of 67 metres, as well as associated infrastructure.

Key Features:
  • Managing feasibility assessment of site to identify site capacity;
  • Compiling all technical and environmental surveys necessary to form part of the Environmental Report;
  • Managing subcontractors, appointed to conduct specialist assessments;
  • Producing and updating constraints mapping to inform the design evolution;
  • Undertaking technical reviews of reports and figures;
  • Managing consultation with all statutory consultees;
  • Creating and managing public engagement strategy;
  • Preparing the Environmental Report and other associated documentation;
  • Guiding the application through the planning process to determination; and
  • Managing the discharge of all planning conditions in order 
Key Facts: 
Client: Warburtons  
Timescale: 18 months  
Capacity: 330kw  
Outcome: Consented at local level  
Decision Date: July 2012