Hinkley Point C

Somerset, UK

Hinkley Point C power station and associated development was granted a Development Consent Order (DCO) by the Secretary of State in March 2013.

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Gillespies was commissioned by EDF Energy to undertake the Landscape and Visual Impact Assessments (LVIAs) for the Environmental Statement as well as Landscape Strategies for the main site and the off-site associated facilities.  These included accommodation campuses, wharf and freight handling facilities, park and ride schemes and a new bypass. Gillespies’ work covered the construction phase and restoration proposals as well as the permanent effects of the development.

With potential views from sensitive locations up to 25km from the site, including a National Park, the LVIAs by Gillespies required extensive visual surveys, 3D modelling studies and the creation of photomontages for the assessment of the visual impact. The assessment was accompanied by landscape and visual mitigation measures, including landform modelling, and advice to the project engineers and architects. Gillespies’ work involved regional-scale consultation for both the public and statutory consultees, the production of consultation material required for the DCO submission and providing expert witness services.