Entrust has a multi-disciplinary team of planning, environmental and sustainability professionals with extensive knowledge and experience of wind, solar, telecommunications and general infrastructure consenting matters. We have received consent for a large number of different onshore wind energy and telecommunications developments in National Parks and Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AoNB) as well as planning consent for solar installations in national parks, conservation areas and attached to listed buildings. We can provide a turnkey planning, environmental and sustainability service for infrastructure and civil engineering projects right across the UK and Ireland.
Meticulous Project Management Initial GIS Desktop Constraints Analysis Pre-Consultation with Councils & Statutory Consultees Submission of Screening/Scoping Reports for EIA Submission of Design and Access Statements Submission of Planning Statements Production of AutoCAD Planning Drawings Public Representation - committee/ public hearings Planning Conditions Discharge Handover Pack with all Planning Documentation Appeals
We can save our clients a considerable amount of time and unnecessary expense during the actual planning process by identifying those constraints as early as possible and before submission; aviation, telecommunications and other statutory constraints, local residential considerations, environmental and ecological considerations.
We will also review planning policy pertaining to a particular location and any local planning authority and Planning Inspectorate precedent decisions for similar type developments determined to help ascertain the likelihood of obtaining consent.
We will recommend any necessary action/s to our clients to take to de-risk the planning element of a project at the outset.
Entrust won an EU funded PPP as part of the Centre for Global Eco-Innovation (a collaboration between the University of Liverpool, Lancaster University and Inventya) to develop an innovative technology to help de-risk the planning process for renewable energy developments across the UK & Ireland.
Entrust in partnership with Liverpool University (Planning, Environment and Marine Departments) has developed this innovative technology to encompass all aspects of the planning process, including economic, environmental and social considerations within a new sophisticated GIS mapping system.
As part of this new technology, we offer a full GIS constraints mapping service to help choose the optimum location for wind, solar or other infrastructure developments across the UK & Ireland.
Entrust has extensive experience at producing LVIA’s using best practise and Landscape Institute guidance. Our detailed LVIA’s may include a landscape survey, analysis, baseline landscape study, detailed methodology to identify the sensitivity of receptors and the magnitude of change in order to determine the significance of any impacts.
As part of LVIA’s, EIA’s, planning statements or planning applications, visual representations in the form of photomontages, wirelines/wireframes or ZTV/ZVI are often required to demonstrate the visual impacts of a proposal on its surrounds. Entrust has considerable expertise and experience producing such visualisations.
As more and more wind turbines are built, planning authorities are increasingly looking for cumulative studies such as cumulative ZTV’s from not only the project proposed but also from surrounding developments built, proposed and consented to assess if a local ‘saturation point’ has been reached due to the number and scale of onshore wind energy developments in a particular area which can range from 5KM to 30KM studies. Entrust has produced a considerable number of such studies to the satisfaction of our clients and local planning authorities.
In some limited circumstances shadow flicker, caused as a result of moving turbine blades in direct sunlight may have a harmful effect by casting shadows on windows of surrounding residential dwellings of a proposed development. We have specialist software to analyse the effects (if any) on surrounding residential dwellings and to calculate the number of hours and number of days a year that this may occur. If impacts are detected, we can recommend solutions to mitigate against these effects so it does not become a reason for refusing planning permission.
We are experienced in all aspects of noise modelling, monitoring, prediction and assessment of wind energy developments. We have specialist software to take the expected noise measurement calculations from surrounding residential dwellings and other sensitive receptors and we will recommend that remedial action is taken if necessary so that this potential issue does not become a reason for refusing permission.
We have also produced a number of cumulative noise studies for projects proposed together with existing and consented projects in an area to the satisfaction of planning authorities nationwide.
EU legislation has meant that Environmental Impact Assessments (EIA), Environmental Statements (ES) and scoping for EIA’s are now required for many forms of renewable energy developments. Entrust’s in house team have been successful in having a number of EIA requests from councils overturned. Where EIA’s and ES are required, we can project manage the entire EIA process and co-ordinate the team of external specialist partners if and when required by our clients.
We have had much experience sourcing and project managing a wide range of specialism’s including; ecology, hydrology, archaeology and ornithology and liaising with RSPB, Natural England, SNH, CCW and NPWS across the UK and Ireland. We also work with an extensive network of ecological consultants nationwide to deal with ecological issues such as bird, bat, protected species, mammal - surveys, monitoring/management schemes and walk over studies.
With over 20 years experience dealing with often contentious infrastructure development proposals, we have built up considerable expertise in this specialised area. With community engagement and community gain increasing in importance, we can provide assistance in these areas. We are regularly required to represent clients at planning committee meetings, public events, community forums etc. and to mediate with local communities.
Due to our considerable experience and expertise, we have undertaken detailed desktop and on-site assessments and produced a range of different reports relating to these very specialised areas to the satisfaction of planning authorities.
We deal with a wide range of statutory consultees on an ongoing basis including CAA, NATS, MoD and different wireless communications operators to overcome aviation and microwave line-of-sight issues across the country and we have an impressive track record of resolving many of these issues in collaboration with our aviation and telecommunications specialist partners.