fraone prepares a site-specific report summarising all the information included within the planning application. This contains designs, environmental impacts, relevant planning policies, 3rd party surveys etc
The team ensures the document is an accurate and thorough review of your project, and delivers the best representation for the Council’s consideration.
Module Layout Plan
Highly accurate module layout plans are designed using topographical data to precisely map the location and orientation of the pv panels, ancillary equipment, fencing, access tracks and any other onsite facilities. It is important this plan is thoroughly designed, to give reassurance the plan will need no amendments during the construction phase.
Site Location Plan
Using Ordnance Survey Ireland bitmaps, fraone produces high resolution location plans for all required scales.
Screening for Appropriate Assessment
Working together with ecology specialists, fraone provides a screening for AA that determines whether a project is likely to have significant effects on a Natura 2000 site in view of its conservation objectives.
Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
This report covers the landscape and visual impacts on the surrounding area. Using expert knowledge and experience, fraone accurately evaluates the effect your development has and proposes smart mitigation and enhancement measures. The LVIA follows the guidance from the UK & Irish Landscape Institute and is prepared to an Environmental Impact Assessment standard.
Cable Route Plan
A legally binding planning decision requires a specified cable route which leads to the point of connection provided within the grid offer. A detailed plan based on OS maps accompanies the planning application and shows the route and main network features. If the cable route is unknown, fraone demonstrates possible cable route alternatives within the application, and will secure a separate permission at a later date.
Complementing the main planning statement, this report contains detailed information from desk based resources, to analyse the history of the site and local area. The report identifies any potential impacts the development may pose on heritage and artefacts.
Flood Risk Assessment
Using the principals from Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS), natural barriers and ditches known as swales and scrapes, can alleviate any potential risk of additional flooding to nearby receptors.
fraone invites local residents and stakeholders to a public consultation where any questions about the project are answered by at least two planning experts. Visitors are asked for their feedback, as local knowledge is important for the planning application. A summary of the meeting is featured in a Community Involvement Statement.
Using fraone’s specialist ecology partners, the site survey investigates potential flora and fauna within the site and immediate vicinity. The report provides a baseline analysis of what is present, examining the impact the development may have, and finally evaluating and mitigating the design. The survey has a separate site survey and photos, along with a specialist report from accredited experts.
The statement uses knowledge from multiple desk and field based sources to optimise the route for construction and operation traffic. The report also provides lay-by possibilities, fuel stations, services, daily traffic quantity estimates and swept path analysis.
EIA Screening Request
The request is sent to the local planning authority to ascertain whether the application should be considered Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
Site Viewpoint and Condition Survey
Multiple high resolution photographs document the pre-construction condition of the site and surrounding area. The survey provides evidence of pre-project conditions.
Pre-Planning Council Consultation
Pre-planning meetings and discussions give an early indication of the Council’s opinion. They are the foundation for a good working relationship and help to resolve any issues from the start.
Fraone provides realistic photomontages which give an accurate depiction of the solar farm. High quality visualisations are based on a 3D model to demonstrate an accurate portrayal of what the solar farm will look like.
An onsite survey using specialist equipment to accurately model the landform. It’s increased precision helps to significantly increase the result accuracy in the module layout plan, Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment, Zone of Theoretical Visibility and photomontages.
Zones of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV)
Using the latest software, fraone produces visual impact maps, to depict the visibility of the site from multiple receptor points. Types of survey include Line of Sight, Horizontal ZTV’s and Visibility Surface Maps to compare the visual impact of different panel heights, shapes and layouts.
Landscape & Ecological Management Plan
The ‘LEMP’ elaborates the mitigation measures and recommended enhancements of the LVIA into a visual representation. This shows the natural habitat improvement on a site plan. In addition, fraone presents a detailed methodology of a 25 year environmental management plan for the developer and landscape contractors to follow.
fraone demonstrates the potential impact of equipment and construction noise within an independent report. This demonstrates where and how much the site emits noise and identifies impacts on receptors in close proximity.
Yield Report & Optimization
Fraone optimises the solar farm yield in order to increase the amount of electricity produced. Comparing a number of different layouts, the yield report provides a detailed analysis showing how panel heights, orientations, row distances, site buffer zones, shading and many other factors, can be use to maximise yield.
Fraone documents and records the condition of the construction route for roads leading to the site entrance. A HD quality video is provided, along with individual high resolution images of main turning points, junctions, and other key route points.
A project blog demonstrates the professionalism and commitment of a company, and its intention to listen to the local community. It is a great way to communicate the project development and listen to feedback from local residents. Fraone provides an independent project website with a unique URL, containing detailed project information on design, reports, key dates, council feedback and others.
Glint & Glare Assessment
A glint and glare assessment uses topographical data and ZTV techniques to show the impact of sun reflection and refraction. The report demonstrates glint and glare impact times and locations with a scientific explanation including mitigation measures where necessary.
Working with communities is proving an increasingly integral part of an application process. fraone knows the importance of local community support. The team liaises with local residents, outside of the normal confounds of a public consultation, to address the issues raised. Fraone offers individual home visits to talk through specific concerns, and even provide individual reports or photomontages to demonstrate specific impacts.