Arcus were commissioned to undertake the EIA and prepare the planning application for Glen Noe Hydro Scheme, a 2MW proposal located within the Glen Noe Estate, near Loch Etive in the west of Scotland. Appointed by RWE Innogy UK (RWE), Arcus undertook the majority of the EIA in-house, including the following:
- Hydrology and hydro-geomorphology
- Landscape and visual impact including viewpoint photography and visualisation
- Ecology and ornithology
- Cultural heritage
- Traffic and transport
- EIA project management
There were a number of sensitivities associated with the site, including golden eagles, wild land and bryophytes. The site is also located in close proximity to the existing Cruachan pump-storage hydroelectric station, which has been a fundamental cumulative consideration within the environmental assessments, particularly hydrology. Arcus extensively consulted with Argyll & Bute Council and Scottish Natural Heritage to ensure that the final design of the Glen Noe Hydro Scheme was appropriate for the site and would therefore comply with planning policy and address consultee concerns.
In addition to completing the EIA and planning application, Arcus provided supporting information to RWE which was submitted as part of the application to obtain a CAR licence from SEPA.
The site has now been consented and is currently under construction.