UK Round 3 offshore windfarms seascape study

We were commissioned by Hartley Anderson to undertake a seascape study to inform future offshore wind farm leasing, for which the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) was undertaking a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA). The consultant team included Arup and the Centre for Environmental and Spatial Analysis (CESA).

The key objective of the project was to provide reasoned (evidence backed) advice on seascape buffer zones needed to reduce the potential visual impact of offshore wind farms to the point where an adverse effect would not be significant. Cumulative effects were considered.

The assessment was reviewed and updated in early 2017.

Client: Hartley Anderson, Department of Energy and Climate Change