h + m were appointed to undertake a landscape and visual assessment of a 16 turbine windfarm proposed in the Ochil Hills, near Dunning, by National Wind Power. Initially, working closely with the developer, a range of alternative layouts and turbine sizes were evaluated from key viewpoints and in relation to major landscape features, to determine the most appropriate proposal to be promoted. Subsequently, detailed landscape and visual assessments were undertaken to establish the likely effects on the landscape resource and visual amenity of the area.
The proposed windfarm is located in an area where numerous other windfarm proposals are being pursued. A comprehensive cumulative landscape and visual assessment was undertaken, including a sequential assessment along the A9 trunk road, which identified that significant landscape and visual effects would be likely to result if several of the closely grouped windfarms were implemented.