The proposal of eight wind turbines at a site in Linton had become the subject of a planning inquiry with multiple objections from the local parish council, including the potential road safety impact of driver distraction on traffic travelling on the nearby A1307, which was supported by AECOM in their objection report.
In response to AECOM’s driver distraction report Royal HaskoningDHV undertook analysis of collisions occurring at several wind farm sites with similar characteristics to assess the safety impacts pre and post construction, in addition to reviewing highway and wind farm policy and research within the United Kingdom and internationally.
Royal HaskoningDHV’s findings concluded that there was no evidence to suggest that the Linton Wind farm development would compromise road safety as a result of driver distraction, a view supported by the Planning Inspectorate to successfully rebut this particular objection.
“Enertrag were satisfied with the service provided by Royal HaskoningDHV for the Linton Windfarm project, preparing a rebuttal to an objection to our planning application made by AECOM on behalf of Linton Parish Council concerning the potential road safety impacts of wind turbines due to driver distraction. Whilst it is unfortunate the project itself did not come to fruition due to its rejection at public inquiry, the objection on the grounds of adverse road safety impacts were successfully rebutted” - Christopher Small, Enertrag