Sports Impact Assessment

The potential direct and indirect impacts of wind energy developments on the recreational amenity of local sporting facilities is often a key consideration in the decision making process. TNEI is able to undertake an assessment of the potential effects in order to identify risks at the early feasibility stages and/or to support planning applications or appeals.

The effects of wind energy development on local sporting facilities is becoming a key concern for participants, spectators, governing bodies and decision makers as developers consider more urban/urban fringe locations for potential wind energy development.

TNEI has worked with Sport England to develop a methodology to undertake a detailed assessment of the potential effects of wind energy developments on the recreational amenity of local sporting facilities. This can be undertaken for all scales of development to assess potential impacts on all sports at all levels from grass roots to professional.

The assessment follows a staged approach and includes the following steps (where applicable):

  • Identification of potentially sensitive sporting facilities within the study area;
  • Consultation with the users of the facilities, relevant sporting governing bodies, Sport England etc.;
  • Site visit to identify the sensitivity of the venue and the sport itself, and to identify and consider the influence of any mitigation measures available; and
  • Conduct an assessment of the potential effects by way of noise, shadow throw and/or visual distraction.

TNEI has experience of undertaking impact assessments for both existing and proposed sporting facilities located within the vicinity of wind turbine schemes.