Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright, All rights reserved. 2015 Licence number 0100031673

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright, All rights reserved. 2015 Licence number 0100031673

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Single Wind Turbine at British Sugar

Newark, Engena

OPEN was commissioned by Engena, to undertake a landscape and visual appraisal (LVA) for a single wind turbine at the British Sugar Factory in Newark. The LVA is expected to be submitted in mid to late 2015. If consented, the turbine will have a maximum height of 100m to blade tip and will generate up to 1.5 megawatts of electricity.

A combination of ZTV, aerial imagery and photomontages were used in the LVA to appraise the effect of the turbine on landscape and visual receptors.

The turbine is situated within the grounds of the British Sugar Factory on an island created by the River Trent. The LVA considered the proposed turbine in the context of the tall silos and chimney stacks which form the British Sugar Factory. The surrounding landscape setting is relatively flat and the tall factory buildings are visible from long distances in the surrounding landscape. These focal points in the landscape formed a strong baseline characteristic for the turbine. Within this context, the LVA considered the visual effects on nearby road and rail corridors which traverse the River Trent on bridges and embankment giving elevated close range views. The main settlement in the area, Newark on Trent, is located 800m to the south of the turbine. This is a popular tourist destination and a sensitive receptor. Despite its close proximity, the appraisal found that there were relatively few views from the settlement. The industrial landscape of the British Sugar Factory grounds enabled the turbine to be located with minimal disturbance to the physical fabric of the surrounding natural landscape.