09/0736/EIS LAND ON SOUTH SIDE, SEAMER ROAD, HILTON REVISED APPLICATION FOR ERECTION OF 3 NO. WIND TURBINES TOGETHER WITH ASSOCIATED CRANE PADS, ACCESS TRACKS, SITE COMPOUND, CONTROL BUILDING, METEOROLOGICAL MAST AND ACCESS TO PUBLIC HIGHWAY.
RESOLVED that planning application 09/0736/EIS be approved subject to the following conditions:-
COMMENCEMENT - within 5 years from date of approval The development hereby permitted shall begin not later than five years from the date of this decision. APPROVAL - 25 Years The permission hereby granted shall endure for a period of 25 years from the date when electricity is first exported from the wind turbines to the electricity grid network (the First Export Date). Written confirmation of the First Export Date shall be provided to the Local Planning Authority within 1 month of the First Export Date. CONDITIONS: PRE COMMENCEMENT SURFACE WATER DRAINAGE - Environment Agency & Highways No development approved by this permission shall be commenced until a scheme for the provision of a surface water drainage system, including a means of attenuation to no more than existing discharge rates, has been approved by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall include details of how surface water run off shall be prevented from entering the highway and long term management responsibilities. The scheme shall be implemented before the construction of impermeable surfaces which are to drain into the approved drainage system unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. PHASED ARCHAEOLOGICAL WORK - Tees Archaeology No development shall take place within the area indicated until the applicant, or their agents or successors in title, has completed the implementation of a phased programme of archaeological work in accordance with a written scheme of investigation submitted by the applicant and approved in writing by the local planning authority. Where important archaeological remains exist provision should be made for their preservation in situ. TURBINE POSITIONING (Micro siting) Notwithstanding details hereby approved, the wind turbines and their associated access tracks shall be sited within 50m of the positions indicated on plan ref: 5396B-07-N-075 Issue 2, Figure 2.7 of Part 3 of the Environmental Statement Addendum in accordance with a final scheme of siting to be first submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. Turbines T2 and T4 shall not be micro-sited any closer to either the adjacent overhead power line or the adjacent highway (Hilton / Seamer Road) as detailed on plan ref: 5396B-07-N-075 Issue 2, Figure 2.7 unless approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. TURBINE SIZE, DESIGN AND COLOUR No development shall commence until full details of the design, siting dimensions lighting, finish and colour of the turbines and Meteorological mast hereby permitted have been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The turbines shall not exceed 80m in height to the hub, with each blade not exceeding 45m in length and the overall height to tip of blade not exceeding 125m. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. AVIATION LIGHTING - MoD Prior to the erection of any wind turbines hereby approved a scheme of Aviation lighting shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The submitted scheme shall detail the position, type and luminance of lighting and timing and a method statement for reporting any known failure of the lighting to the both the MoD and Durham Tees Valley Airport. The development shall be carried out with the approved scheme and shall be operated and maintained for the life of the wind farm unless otherwise agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority. MoD and DTVA NOTIFICATION Both the Ministry of Defence and Durham Tees Valley Airport shall be notified in writing, a minimum of 4 weeks in advance of the following at the addresses below; The date construction on site commences, including timing for the erection of each turbine, The date construction on site ceases, The maximum height of construction equipment, The latitude and longitude of each turbine. Each submission of details shall be accompanied by the site address, grid co ordinates and Local planning Authoritys Planning Application reference number. Address: MoD DE Operations North Safeguarding Wind Energy Kingston Road Sutton Coldfield B75 7RL Address DTVA Mr Phil Holmes Senior Air Traffic Engineer Durham Tees Valley Airport Darlington Co. Durham DL2 1LU CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC MITIGATION - videographic survey The developer shall submit to the local planning authority a videographic survey of the routes to be used for the construction of the turbines within the administrative boundary of Stockton on Tees. The videographic survey shall be submitted one month prior to the commencement of development and a joint visual inspection shall be arranged with the local highway authority prior to commencement. The applicant shall secure means by which any damage or required works to the highway shall be repaired/made good - at the applicants expense in accordance with the written approval of the highway authority in respect to timing for repair works to be undertaken. CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT PLAN Prior to the commencement of the development hereby approved, a Construction Management Plan shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The Construction Management Plan shall include but not be restricted to detailing the following; Site information Programming Traffic disruption Visibility Temporary widening Running surfaces Narrow lanes Temporary Safety barriers and Safety zones Routes for emergency vehicles Routes for diverted vehicles Non motorised users Abnormal Load Movements Operational hours Vehicle recovery Incident management Temporary TROs Signing Consultation Detailed layout of Traffic Management scheme Speed control/Co-ordination with other road works Off highway parking for vehicles waiting to access the site. Temporary lighting Throughout the construction phase, the Construction Management Plan shall be implemented in accordance with the approved details, and any changes to the plan shall only be permitted by prior written consent from the Local Planning Authority. ABNORMAL LOADS - DRY RUN Notwithstanding details hereby approved, prior to commencement of the development, a dry run for transporting the abnormal loads to the site shall be carried out. The Local Planning Authority shall be informed in writing of timing of the dry run 6 weeks prior to its operation. A written statement of the findings of the dry run shall be submitted in writing to the Local Planning Authority prior to any commencement of development on site. Any additional works identified as being required by the Local Planning Authority as a result of the dry run shall be carried out in accordance with a scheme to be first submitted to and agreed in writing by the Local Planning Authority prior to commencement on site. WHEEL WASH FACILITY Notwithstanding details hereby approved and prior to commencement on site, wheel washing facilities shall be installed at the site in accordance with a scheme which has first been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The wheel washing facilities shall remain in place and operational throughout the construction phase of the development unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority. NATIONAL GRID - MONITORING No development hereby approved shall commence until a scheme for monitoring the effect of wind turbulence from the wind turbines on the National Grid Overhead Line adjacent to the application site has been submitted to and approved by the Local Planning Authority. The Approved scheme shall be implemented in complete accordance with the approved details and maintained during the life of the Turbine operation on the site unless prior written approval from the Local Planning Authority has first been obtained. ICE FORMATION PREVENTION Before the development, hereby approved, is commenced on site details of a scheme for the detection and mitigation of blade icing, shall be submitted to, and approved in writing by, the Local Planning Authority. The measures set out in the approved scheme shall be followed at all times. DETAILED METHOD STATEMENT - site operations No construction, decommissioning or removal work as part of the development hereby permitted shall commence until a detailed Method Statement for working practices has been submitted to and approved in writing by the local planning authority. The statement shall include details about foundations, hard standing, site access tracks, drainage, construction compound, soil handling and storage. It shall also indicate how it has had regard to wildlife surveys undertaken and shall specify any mitigation measures proposed, including the timing of any work. All such work shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details. TEMPORARY SITE COMPOUND Prior to the commencement of development, a plan to a scale of 1:500 shall be submitted to the local planning authority showing the location of the temporary site compound or compounds required in connection with the construction of the development. Each plan shall indicate the location of the buildings, car parking, and boundary fencing. Thereafter any temporary site compound at the site shall be constructed in accordance with the approved plans. All temporary contractors site compounds shall be removed and the land reinstated to its former profile and condition no later than 9 months after the date when electricity is first exported from the wind turbines to the electricity grid network (the First Export Date). LANDSCAPING SCHEME, IMPLEMENTATION AND MAINTENANCE Notwithstanding details hereby approved and prior to the commencement of works on site a scheme of soft landscaping shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall provide details including the species, numbers and locations of planting, timescales for implementation and a maintenance schedule. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved scheme. CONDITIONS: DURING CONSTRUCTION CONTROL BUILDING The control building and its associated compound shall be constructed in accordance with a scheme of such to be first submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall detail the siting, dimensions, appearance and external finishes of the building, the fencing and the surface material of the compound area. The development shall be carried out in accordance with the approved details. CONSTRUCTION HOURS OF OPERATION Notwithstanding details hereby approved, all construction operations on site including decommissioning or removal work and delivery of materials on site, but excluding activities associated with abnormal loads, shall be restricted to 8.00 a.m. - 6.00 p.m. on weekdays, 9.00 a.m. - 1.00 p.m. on a Saturday and no Sunday or Bank Holiday working unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority. DUST SUPRESSION FROM VEHICLES All vehicles leaving the site which are transporting loads from which dust and debris may be produced shall be fully sheeted prior to leaving the site. STORAGE OF POTENTIALLY POLLUTING GOODS Any facilities for the storage of oils, fuels or chemicals shall be sited on impervious bases and surrounded by impervious bund walls. The volume of the bunded compound should be at least equivalent to the capacity of the tank plus 10%. If there is multiple tankage, the compound should be at least equivalent to the capacity of the largest tank, or the combined capacity of interconnected tanks, plus 10%. All filling points, vents, gauges and sight glasses must be located within the bund. The drainage system of the bund shall be sealed with no discharge to any watercourse, land or underground strata. Associated pipe work should be located above ground and protected from accidental damage. All filling points and tank overflow pipe outlets should be detailed to discharge downwards into the bund. PROTECTED SPECIES No development shall take place unless in accordance with the mitigation detailed within the following documents unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority; Seamer Wind Farm Environmental Statement dated 8 August 2008 and relevant Appendices, (author Broadview); Environmental Statement Addendum March 2009 and relevant Appendices, (author Broadview); and Additional Ecology Information enclosed within TNEI's letter dated 19 May 2009. Works shall include but not be restricted to adherence to timing and spatial restrictions; provision of mitigation and habitat enhancements in advance, micro siting of turbines, undertaking confirming surveys, adherence to precautionary working methods and adherence to lighting restrictions. SITE CABLING AND CONNECTION All electrical cabling between the individual turbines and the on-site connection building shall be located underground in accordance with details to be submitted to and agreed in writing by the local Planning Authority. Thereafter the excavated ground shall be reinstated to its former condition within 6 months of the commissioning of the wind turbines to the satisfaction of the Local Planning Authority CONDITIONS: POST CONSTRUCTION DECOMISSIONING Unless a further permission is granted, not later than 12 months before the end of the period of this permission, a decommissioning and site restoration scheme shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The scheme shall include details of the management and timing of any works and a Traffic Management Plan to address traffic issues during the decommissioning period. The decommissioning and site restoration shall be completed, in accordance with the approved scheme, within 24 months of the end of the period of the permission. TURBINE REMOVAL AFTER 12 MONTHS INOPERATION If any of the turbines hereby permitted ceases to operate for a continuous period of 12 months (unless such cessation is due to the turbine being under repair or replacement) then a scheme for the decommissioning and removal of the turbine and any ancillary equipment and structures relating solely to that turbine, shall be submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority within 3 months of the end of the cessation period. The scheme shall be implemented within 12 months of the date of its approval by the Local Planning Authority. TELEVISION INTERFERENCE Prior to the commencement of development, a baseline television reception study in the area shall be undertaken by a qualified television engineer and submitted in writing to the Local Planning Authority with a scheme of works to mitigate the effects of the development on domestic television signals in the area. Any claim by a person for domestic television picture loss or interference at their household within 12 months of the final commissioning of the wind farm, shall be investigated by an independent qualified engineer approved by the Local Planning Authority, at the expense of the wind farm operator and the results shall be submitted in writing to the Local Planning Authority within 1 month of the claim. Should any impairment to the television reception be determined as attributable to the wind farm operation on the basis of the baseline study, such impairment shall be mitigated within 2 months in accordance with the approved scheme of mitigation. NOISE CONDITION The rating level of noise emissions from the combined effects of the wind turbine generators when measured and calculated in accordance with The Assessment and Rating of Noise from Wind Farms, ETSU-R-97 published by ETSU for the Department of Trade and Industry shall not exceed the values set out below. Where there is more than one property at a location the noise limits apply to all properties at that location During night-time hours of 2300-0700 [maximum Noise level La90,10minsdB]:- PLEASE SEE TABLE AT APPENDIX TO MINUTES At all other times:- PLEASE SEE TABLE AT APPENDIX TO MINUTES In the event of a complaint being received in writing by the Local Planning Authority alleging noise nuisance at a residential property or properties due to the wind turbines, the wind farm operator shall, at its expense, employ an independent consultant approved by the Local Planning Authority to measure and assess the level of noise emission from the wind farm at the location of the complaints property (or, in the event that access is not possible, at the nearest publicly accessible location acceptable to the local planning authority) following the procedures described in the above guidance. Where the complaint related to a location that is not specified in the tables listed above, the relevant noise limits shall be those for the nearest property listed in the tables above. The results of the independent consultants assessment shall be provided to the Local Planning Authority within two months of the date of notification of complaint unless otherwise extended in writing with the Local Planning Authority. The operator of the development shall be under no obligation to follow the procedure set out in this condition where the complaint relates to a dwelling house more than three kilometres from the nearest wind turbine generator. Should noise levels referred to in this condition be exceeded, the wind turbine operator shall take steps forthwith, to ensure that noise emissions from the wind farm are reduced to the prescribed noise levels or below. WIND SPEED DATA The wind farm operator shall commence to log wind speed and wind direction data from the date the wind farm becomes operational, by a method to be first agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority and thereafter monitor such data continuously throughout the period of operation of the wind farm (unless otherwise agreed in writing with the Local Planning Authority. This data shall be retained for a period of not less than 12 months and shall include the arithmetic mean wind speed in metres per second (ms-1) and the arithmetic mean wind direction in degrees from north for each 10 minute period synchronised with Greenwich Mean Time. At the written request of the Local Planning Authority the recorded data relating to a standardised height of 10 m above ground level and relating to any periods during which noise monitoring took place or any periods when there was a specific noise complaint shall be made available. Wind speeds at the standardised height of 10 m shall be derived either by direct measurement of 10 m height wind speeds or derived by calculation from measurements of wind speed at other heights or derived by calculation from the power output of the turbines by a method to be agreed by the Local Planning Authority prior to commencement of the development. TURBINE INOPERATION DATA At the written request of the Local Planning Authority the wind farm operator shall provide, within 28 days from the date of request, a list of ten-minute periods during which any one or more of the turbines was not in normal operation. This information will only be required for periods during which noise monitoring was undertaken in accordance with conditions attached to this permission. Normal operation is defined in the guidance notes referred to above. NO ADVERTISEMENTS AND BLADE ROTATION No advertisements other than safety or information notices shall be displayed anywhere on the turbine structures and the turbine blades shall all rotate in the same direction.