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CONSTRUCTION AND OPERATION OF THE COAL CLOUGH

REPOWERED WIND POWERED ELECTRICITY GENERATING


STATION

PLANNING CONSENT RESPONSE


APP/2009/0758
BY SCOTTISH POWER RENEWABLES (UK) LIMITED

CONDITION 13
CONSTRUCTION METHOD STATEMENT

Condition Reference: APP/2009/0758 Condition 13


Condition 13:
No development shall commence on site until a Construction Method Statement
has been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Thereafter, the construction of the development including the temporary
construction compound shall only be carried out in accordance with the
approved Statement, subject to any variations approved in writing by the Local
Planning Authority. The Construction Method Statement shall include the
following matters:
a) Details of the phasing of construction works;
b) Notwithstanding the details given in the Environmental Statement details of
the construction of the substation building including external appearance,
layout, materials and landscaping of the substation and any associated
compound or parking area;
c) Details of the construction and surface treatment of hard surfaces and tracks;
d) Details of the proposed storage of materials;
e) Dust management;
f) Details of lighting for construction and maintenance purposes;
g) Siting and details of wheel washing facilities;
h) Details of all temporary construction works, temporary facilities including the

site compound for storage of materials and machinery and temporary


engineering operations;
i) Cleaning of site entrances, site tracks and the adjacent public highway and
the sheeting of all HGVs taking spoil or construction materials to/from the site to
prevent spillage or deposit of any materials on the highway;
j) Pollution control, protection of water courses, bunding of fuel storage areas,
surface water drainage, flood risk, sewage disposal and discharge of foul
drainage;
k) Details and timetable for post construction restoration/reinstatement of the
temporary working areas;
l) Details of emergency procedures and pollution response plans;
m) Storage and off-site disposal of excavated material;
n) Details of the protection of public footpaths during construction;
o) Details of the underground cabling between wind turbines and the control
building;
p) Details for the protection of trees and hedgerows during construction.
Reason: In the interests of pollution control, highway safety, the amenities of
nearby residents and visual amenity in accordance with Policy E31 of the
Burnley Local Plan Second Review.

PROJECT: COAL COUGH WINDFARM REPOWERING


CONDITION 13 CONSTRUCTION METHOD STATEMENT
DOCUMENT REFERENCE NUMBER: CCL/02/04/06PtCC/13

Status:

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This Issue:
Prepared by:

Paul Concannon Assistant Project Manager

Date:

13/08/2013

Reviewed by:

David Wallace

Date:

13/08/2013

AMENDMENT LIST
Issue
Number
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Date
13/08/2013

Brief Description of Change


For Submission

Section/s
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Document Control and Distribution List


This document is subject to periodic review and updating. The document is intended for use
by ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited and their contractors specifically involved in the
construction and operation of the Black Law Windfarm Extension. When this document is
updated, it will be issued to all personnel named on the distribution list below.
Organisation/Key Contacts

Email

Telephone
Number

Dave Wallace

DWallace@scottishpower.com

0141 614 3128

Paul Concannon

pconcannon@scottishpower.com

0141 614 3130

ARogan@burnley.gov.uk

01282 425 011

ScottishPower Renewables

Infrastructure Contractor

Turbine Contractor

Burnley Borough Council


Alan Rogan

Users of this document should ensure that they have the most up to date version. For
further information please contact:
ScottishPower Renewables
3rd Floor North Wing
Cathcart Business Park
Spean Street,
Glasgow
G44 4BE
Tel 0141 614 3128
Fax 0141 568 4499
Email:
Dwallace@scottishpower.com
pconcannon@scottishpower.com

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CONSTRUCTION METHOD STATEMENT
TABLE OF CONTENTS

Introduction

Phasing of Construction Works

Details of Substation Building and Permanent Met Mast

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4.1
4.2
4.3
4.4
4.5

Details Of Hard Surfaces And Track


Design Approach
Track Alignment
Track Construction and Finish New Tracks
Track Construction and Finish Upgrade of Existing Tracks
Track Construction Asphalt Surfaces

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4
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5

Storage of Materials: Storage of Oil/Fuel and Other Chemicals

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6.1
6.2
6.3
6.4
6.5
6.6
6.7
6.8
6.9

Dust Emission Management


Working Rules
Responsibilities
Sources of Dust
Sensitive Area
Dust Suppression Methods
Dust Hazards
Construction Phase Dust Monitoring Programme
Construction Monitoring and Response Procedures
Visual Monitoring

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Wheel Washing Facilities

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Cleaning of Site Entrance And Roads

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Lighting for Construction and Maintenance

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Temporary Compounds

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Restoration of Areas Relating to Construction of a Temporary Nature

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Storage and off Site Disposal of Excavated Material

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Protection of Public Right of Way Footpaths

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Details Of Undergound Cabling

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Protection of Trees and Hedgerows During Construction

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Appendix 1: CCL-INF-A-001 Windfarm Site Layout

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Appendix 2: Windfarm Programme As Of July 2013

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Appendix 3: CCL-INF-003-SPR Sub-Station Section Control Building Compound


Layout
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Appendix 4 A: CCL-INF-004-SPR Sub Station Control Building Elevations

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Appendix 4 B: Proposed Revised Met Mast Location

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Appendix 5: Temporary Construction Compound Layout

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Appendix 6: Proposed Temporary Diversions Of Public Rights Of Way

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Appendix 7: Report to Scottish Power Renewables Coal Clough Wind Farm Temporary Bridleway Diversion

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Appendix 8: Typical Section Through Access Track with Electric Cables Adjacent 23

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INTRODUCTION
This detailed Construction Method Statement Document has been prepared in
accordance with the requirements of Planning Condition 13 of the Planning
Permission for Coal Clough Windfarm Repowering dated 15th January 2013.
Planning Condition 13 states:
No development shall commence on site until a Construction Method Statement has
been submitted to and approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority.
Thereafter, the construction of the development including the temporary construction
compound shall only be carried out in accordance with the approved Statement,
subject to any variations approved in writing by the Local Planning Authority. The
Construction Method Statement shall include the following matters:
a) Details of the phasing of construction works;
b) Notwithstanding the details given in the Environmental Statement details of the
construction of the substation building including external appearance, layout,
materials and landscaping of the substation and any associated compound or
parking area;
c) Details of the construction and surface treatment of hard surfaces and tracks;
d) Details of the proposed storage of materials;
e) Dust management;
f) Details of lighting for construction and maintenance purposes;
g) Siting and details of wheel washing facilities;
h) Details of all temporary construction works, temporary facilities including the site
compound for storage of materials and machinery and temporary engineering
operations;
i) Cleaning of site entrances, site tracks and the adjacent public highway and the
sheeting of all HGVs taking spoil or construction materials to/from the site to prevent
spillage or deposit of any materials on the highway;
j) Pollution control, protection of water courses, bunding of fuel storage areas,
surface water drainage, flood risk, sewage disposal and discharge of foul drainage;
k) Details and timetable for post construction restoration/reinstatement of the
temporary working areas;
l) Details of emergency procedures and pollution response plans;
m) Storage and off-site disposal of excavated material;
n) Details of the protection of public footpaths during construction;
o) Details of the underground cabling between wind turbines and the control building;
p) Details for the protection of trees and hedgerows during construction.
Reason: In the interests of pollution control, highway safety, the amenities of nearby
residents and visual amenity in accordance with Policy E31 of the Burnley Local Plan
Second Review.
This Method Statement has been prepared with the aim of minimising the impact of
construction on the environment and to manage the risk of incidents occurring during
the repowering of Coal Clough Windfarm. This Method Statement has been prepared
by ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited.

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Item(s) j, and l will be dealt with separately in unique submissions to the Council
because of their size and content.
Until implemented in full, this Method Statement may be subject to periodic
review/updating, and as such represents a controlled document. Changes to the
document will be made by ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited and/or the
Infrastructure Contractor and then issued to the holders of controlled copies named
at the beginning of this document. Users should ensure they are referring to the
most up-to-date version of the document and if in doubt should seek confirmation
from ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited.
The existence of this Document and compliance with it shall not operate to relieve
SPR of any of its obligations under the statutory requirements or legislation
applicable to the development.
The general arrangement of the turbines, tracks, hardstandings and construction
compounds have been prepared with the aim of minimising the potential for pollution
arising from the repowering of Coal Clough Windfarm. Until implemented in full, the
location and general arrangements of the unique Windfarm elements may be subject
to review, dependant on site investigation results, individual contractor requirements
and subject to the micrositing planning condition1.
For reference purposes, the layout of Coal Clough Windfarm is shown on CCL-INFA-001 which is included in Appendix 1.
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PHASING OF CONSTRUCTION WORKS


The start of the construction works at Coal Clough Windfarm shall be dependent
upon a number of factors including but not limited to:
i.
ii.
iii.
iv.

Issues relating to protection of the local ecology and environment;


Delivery of critical items of equipment and plant;
The discharge of this and other related planning conditions;
Interface with third party stakeholders.

Because of the unpredictable nature and number of variables which may have an
impact on the programme, SPR cannot guarantee the current expected start date will
be met. Early planning of the programme indicates that the Infrastructure Contractor2
will start the decommissioning and civil works at Coal Clough Windfarm by November
2013.
SPR and the Infrastructure Contractor will endeavour to mitigate any potential delays
by applying programme acceleration measures to be agreed at the time. However, in
the event that any of the key activity dates change due to unforeseen circumstances,
SPR will update this Document with the revised dates and re-issue to Burnley
Borough Council (BBC) for approval.

Planning Condition Number 8, micro-siting of Coal Clough Windfarm Repowering Planning Consent 15th January 2013
APP/2009/0758
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ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Ltd will appoint a contractor to build the windfarm infrastructure, including access roads and
tracks, hardstandings, foundations, electrical cabling, buildings and associated works.

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As such the programme for phasing of construction works as shown in Appendix 2:


Windfarm Programme as of July 2013 is indicative and a current best estimation
based on experience from previous projects.
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DETAILS OF SUBSTATION BUILDING AND PERMANENT MET MAST


The substation building shall be finished in stone cladding and natural slate or natural
slate effect roofing, as per the existing control building. The exterior of the existing
control building shall be retained in its current state. The new control building has
been designed to meet current building and health and safety at work standards.
The overall layout of the Sub-Station Compound showing the new control building,
existing sub-station compound and ancillary equipment is included in Appendix 3.
Palisade fencing to the boundary of the sub-station compound shall be galvanised
and 2.74m in height. The sub-station compound shall be dug into the existing ground
to reduce its visual impact. Appendix 4 A highlights an indicative profile of the
ground adjacent the proposed control building.
It is proposed that the permanent met mast be located at the following location:
389184E, 428469N, or as per the proposed location in Appendix 4 B and not as
originally consented. This move of 131m to the north east is for the purposes of
performance testing of the turbines. This move negates the need for an additional
temporary met mast at this location. This shall also have a galvanised palisade
fence around its base, for reasons of security health and safety.

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DETAILS OF HARD SURFACES AND TRACK


Design Approach
The tracks within the Site3 comprise of:
(a)

existing tracks to be upgraded;

(b)

new tracks constructed on existing substrata following soil removal.

The existing and proposed access track layout is shown in CCL-INF-A-001 presented
in Appendix 1. The minimum width of the access track, including spur roads to
individual turbines, will be 5 metres. Sections of track across the Site may be
increased in width to 10 metres, primarily the main haul roads, where Scottish Power
Renewables envisage that these roads will have higher traffic movements and
require a wider track for vehicle movements and/or safety reasons. These passing
places will be a maximum length of 45m and their location will be determined on Site
as part of the detailed design.
The tracks shall be designed to conform to the requirements of the turbine
manufacturer in terms of gradient, horizontal and vertical alignment, and crossfall.
The details of track construction, which will be a cut track type, are described
below. The typical cross-sections for an access track are shown in Appendix 8.

The Site refers to the access tracks, foundations, hardstandings, buildings, borrow pits and associated infrastructure forming
Coal Clough Windfarm.

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Sections of the original Windfarms existing tracks for reuse will be upgraded in
strength and alignment to allow the safe passage of all classes of construction traffic,
and in particular the turbine components and electrical equipment.
The Ecological Clerk of Works4 will inspect the proposed road alignment and layout
in advance of any construction, and advise the Infrastructure Contractor on any
necessary mitigation for the avoidance of ecological conflicts.
The Ecological Clerk of Works will also be consulted regarding the selection of
suitable locations for the passing places and sections of track to be widened.
Maintenance of the running surface of the tracks will be carried out on a regular basis
to prevent undue deterioration.
4.2

Track Alignment
The alignment of all new tracks will be pegged out ahead of construction operations,
preferably in 500m to 1000m sections depending on the terrain. The Ecological Clerk
of Works shall be afforded the opportunity at this stage to inspect and survey the
pegged out areas prior to construction commencing in each area, and advice on any
issues that may be of an ecological concern.

4.3

Track Construction and Finish New Tracks


New tracks shall be formed using a cut (or conventional) road construction
approach. At the commencement of the topsoil stripping stage, turfs shall be
excavated and deposited clear of the works. Topsoil shall be stripped to expose the
subsoil layer, ready to receive stone. Stripped topsoil shall be used to landscape the
side of the tracks adjacent to where it is has been excavated from. Where
necessary, unsuitable subsoil will be removed to provide a suitable track formation
layer. Material will be tipped from articulated dumper trucks on to the formation and
either pushed/spread by a bulldozer or placed by 360 excavator. Temporary turning
areas will be formed to facilitate the turning of dumper trucks.
Geotextile grid separators may be used as necessary to separate different types of
material. A typical thickness of 250mm of stone shall be laid on top of the formation
layer. The track shall then have a typical finish of 200mm Type 15 or similar
capping material. This stone will either be won from the on Site borrow pits or from a
local quarry (where the Site Investigation has shown borrow pit stone to be
unsuitable for construction). All stone shall be rolled in layers of 75mm or less and
graded as specified.

4.4

Track Construction and Finish Upgrade of Existing Tracks


Of 4400m of track on Site, approximately 2500m shall be upgraded so as to take
advantage of existing infrastructure. Any widening of the track shall be achieved by
excavating topsoil parallel to the existing track down to a suitable formation sub soil.
A suitable geotextile separating material may then be utilised in dividing the subsoil
from the stone in-fill and the new track from the existing track. Two layers of material
similar to those described for the new track shall then be brought up to the same

The Ecological Clerk of Works refers to the consultant appointed by ScottishPower Renewables (UK) Limited.
Rock Based Type 1 is Limestone or Granite graded material produced and supplied to Clause 803 of the Specification for
Highway Works.
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level as the existing track. The upgraded track will be sufficiently rolled so as to
prevent any differential subsidence.
4.5

Track Construction Asphalt Surfaces


All tracks shall be finished with a local Type 1 stone finish except, where with
agreement from relevant parties an asphalt finish would be beneficial in terms of
safety and or aesthetics. It is proposed that the junction at the entrance to the
Windfarm Site be asphalt surfaced for a distance of 50m.
The tracks will initially be finished as described above and set to falls to allow water
runoff in the correct manner. A specialist asphalt contractor shall then supply and lay
60mm of dense binder course and a 40mm surface course.
All Heavy Goods Vehicles (HGVs) used in the asphalting shall reverse into the
asphalt paver from the existing tracks within the Site, thus allowing for minimal traffic
management on the public road.

STORAGE OF MATERIALS: Storage of Oil/Fuel and other Chemicals


All storage containers shall be clearly labelled in accordance with COSHH
requirement with contents and volume and stored in an upright position. The COSHH
data sheet (manufacturers safety data sheet) shall be stored by the Infrastructure
Contractor in the Sites COSHH Register. Storage of oils and chemicals shall be
controlled (such as segregation) to prevent a reaction between different types.
All oils (and fuel) shall be stored in suitable tanks at ground level in a designated
area within a bunded storage area within the Site compound, and these tanks will
have secondary containment in accordance with The Water Environment (Oil
Storage) (Scotland) Regulations 2006. or other equivalent English legislation.
The storage area shall be secure and will be located to avoid damage through
vehicular collisions or vandalism. Storage of oil/fuel and other chemicals shall take
place in pre-approved locations within the temporary Site compounds at the
Windfarm.
All storage tanks will be:
(a)
(b)
(c)
(d)
(e)
(f)
(g)
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located further than 50 metres from a spring, 10 metres from a watercourse


and 50 metres from a well or borehole;
manufactured and tested to a recognised standard, under a quality assurance
system complying with BS EN ISO 9001:2000;
installed by a technician who is registered with a professional scheme, such as
the one operated by OFTEC;
of sufficient strength and structural integrity to ensure that it is unlikely to burst
or leak;
in guaranteed working order, with a design life of 20 years;
marked with the product type and tank capacity;
double skinned and located within a bunded area capable of containing 110%
of the largest capacity vessel stored therein;
installed with valves, which shall be shut and locked when not in use; and
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fitted with a notice telling users to keep valves and trigger guns locked, and
within bunded areas, when they are not in use.

An inspection regime shall be implemented to routinely inspect tanks, pipework and


bunds on the Site and effect repairs immediately. In the event of an accidental
spillage of oil or fuel the procedures within Appendix 2 of the Pollution Prevention
Plan in pursuit of parts (j) and (l) of this Planning Condition shall be adhered to.

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6.1

DUST EMISSION MANAGEMENT


Working Rules
This management plan has been prepared to ensure that all persons working on the
Site are:
(a)

mindful of the need to control dust emissions;

(b)

aware of the facilities provided for the suppression of dust;

(c)

conscious of their own duties and responsibilities; and

(d)

active in helping to prevent the generation of airborne dust.

The plan will be issued to all parties employed at or otherwise engaged at the Site in
particular the Infrastructure Contractor and his subcontractors. The plan should be
read and understood as though it formed part of the Infrastructure Contractors rules
for the safe and effective working on the Site.
6.2

Responsibilities
The Infrastructure Contractor is responsible for the overall management of the
Site; for ensuring that adequate dust suppression facilities are available and in good
working order at all appropriate times; and for maintaining a record of conditions,
complaints and actions taken. They are also responsible for making decisions as to
whether certain activities may or may not proceed in particularly sensitive areas and
during weather conditions likely to give rise to a dust nuisance. All complaints or
occurrences of dust-blow should be referred to the Infrastructure Contractor, who will
investigate the circumstances and give instructions as to the action to be taken.
Other than in exceptional cases or emergencies, referrals to the Infrastructure
Contractor should be made through the Infrastructure Contractors line management
(e.g. Site Manager).
The Infrastructure Contractor Site Manager is responsible for the day to day
running of the Site; for ensuring that dust suppression facilities are in place and in
working order; and for reporting all complaints or occurrences of dust-blow to the
Infrastructure Contractors Project Manager and to the SPR Site Management Team
and Ecological Clerk of Works. He will also be responsible for making regular visual
assessments of dust emissions throughout the working day, and for directing the use
of dust suppression equipment as necessary to control or eliminate dust generation.
In cases where dust generation cannot be controlled within acceptable levels, the
Site Manager has the authority to suspend the offending operation and to refer the
matter to the Infrastructure Contractors Project Manager for his instructions. In the
absence of the Infrastructure Contractors Project Manager, the Site Manager will
assume the Infrastructure Contractors Project Managers duties and responsibilities
in this regard.

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All Operatives (whether working on Site) have a duty to assist the Infrastructure
Contractors Project Manager and the Infrastructure Contractors Site Manager in
ensuring that dust emissions are properly controlled or eliminated. In particular,
operatives should take all reasonable precautions to prevent dust generation, for
example by:
(a)

Avoiding obvious dust patches;

(b)

Reducing travelling speeds in potentially dusty conditions;

(c)

Taking care in loading or stockpiling materials;

(d)

Reporting any occurrences of dust-blow;

(e)

Reporting any deficiencies in dust suppression equipment;

(f)

Making sure that any complaints are brought to the attention of the Site
Manager; and

(g)

Observing any restrictions instructions issued by the site management.

In the absence of the Site Manager, the Infrastructure Contractors Project Manager
may fulfil the works managers responsibilities directly, or alternatively appoint one or
more operatives to take on particular duties on his behalf. Temporary appointments
will be notified to others operatives, who will be expected to support the person(s)
appointed in the performance of their duties.
The Infrastructure Contractors Project Manager will be responsible for ensuring that
adequate supplies of water are available when required. Operatives are expected to
assist by making sure that water is conserved during periods of wet weather, and is
not wasted in times of need.
6.3

Sources of Dust
The prime sources of dust on the Site are:
(a)

Haulage vehicles, both on-Site and road licensed;

(b)

Handling of soils;

(c)

Overburden and stone;

(d)

Overburden and Site stockpiles;

(e)

Un-seeded topsoil and subsoil stockpiles;

(f)

Loading of vehicles (with soil, overburden or stone);

(g)

Excavation areas; and

(h)

Blasting operations and Processing/Screening operations6;

These sources can produce high levels of air-borne dust, particularly in periods of
prolonged dry weather. Operatives should be especially watchful in such conditions,
and should either avoid actions likely to generate airborne dust, or alternatively

This reference relates to borrow pit activities. This has been included in this Construction Method Statement for
completeness, however, it will not be clear until after the Site Investigation is complete whether the stone on site is suitable for
use at Coal Clough Windfarm.

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ensure appropriate dust suppression measures are in place prior to commencing


operations.
6.4

Sensitive Area
SPR have a duty to ensure that neighbours and passers-by are not inconvenienced
by any activities stemming from the construction of the Windfarm, and it is therefore
of particular importance to take extra care when working anywhere near sensitive
areas. The Site Manager should be informed immediately if it is considered that
conditions or work practices could give rise to dust-blow outside the Site boundary.
Extra care should be taken when works are within the vicinity of properties close to
the Site.

6.5

Dust Suppression Methods


The facilities provided for the suppression and control of dust from the prime sources
identified in Section 6.3 above are:
(a)

Tractor-drawn vacuum tanks with spray bar/sprinkler;

(b)

Stand-by bowser to be used when the main units are broken down/not
available, and as a back-up unit in periods of dry weather; and

(c)

Wheel washing facilities located near the Site Entrances for the Windfarm (in
pursuit of Part (g) of this Planning Condition, specified in Section 7 below)
where dust emission could present a nuisance.

It is important that operatives understand the operational requirements of these


facilities, and take care to ensure that they are in good order. Any defects should be
reported and attended to as a matter of urgency.
6.6

Dust Hazards
In addition to problems caused by dust escaping from the Site, operational hazards
will occur when working in dusty conditions, including:

6.7

(a)

Reductions in visibility and levels of safety;

(b)

Unnecessary wear to engines and bearings;

(c)

Higher plant maintenance costs;

(d)

Increased fuel; and

(e)

Unpleasant and potentially unhealthy working conditions.

Construction Phase Dust Monitoring Programme


As part of the Infrastructure Contractors Management System, the following
procedures will be carried out, relating to dust relation management
(a)

Conduct regular inspections of operational plant and equipment in so far as


they could give rise to environmental problems;

(b)

Ensure that operations are carried out in accordance with conditions that are
attached to the consent under the planning permission.

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(c)

Ensure that sufficient dust suppression units are available at all times to
dampen access roads, tracks and other areas subject to traffic and that these
units are used expediently during periods of dry weather. Water for dust
suppression shall only be extracted from a suitable water hydrant under
licence from United Utilities or on site watercourse in line with EPA guidelines
and regulations as required;

(d)

Ensure that all dust suppression equipment is in good working order and used
when required;

(e)

Ensure that adequate supplies of water are available at all times for the dust
suppression units;

(f)

Ensure that Site vehicles do not travel over unwatered haulage roads in dry
weather where dust emissions are likely to be excessive. Dry weather does
not necessarily mean roads need to be watered, the need for dust
suppression will be assessed using an individual Site approach;

(g)

Ensure that dust collection systems are used on all blast-hole drilling
machines and that processing and screening plant have water sprays
incorporated into the plant;

(h)

Minimise material drop heights;

(i)

Ensure that all loaded vehicles are cleaned and are adequately sheeted prior
to entering or leaving the Site;

(j)

Ensure that where dust prevention measures prove inadequate, the operation
causing the nuisance ceases until conditions improve;

(k)

Have a periodic review of environmental performance, allowing the system to


be improved and upgraded as necessary;

(l)

Ensure that a maximum speed limit of 15mph is observed on the windfarm


Site;

(m)

Ensure that rock stockpiles are subject to dampening where necessary to


reduce dust; and

(n)

Ensure stockpiles are managed to minimise wind entrainment of dust.

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Construction Monitoring and Response Procedures


The Site layout and plant and equipment to be used during the construction and
operation of the wind farm have been designed to represent the Best Available
Techniques Not Entailing Excessive Cost (BATNEEC).
For this reason, a
complaints and off-Site incidents monitoring and response programme will be a
useful back-up management tool to:
(a)

Identify such incidents when they arise;

(b)

Mitigate their immediate effect; and

(c)

Reduce the likelihood of re-occurrence.

It is proposed that the Contractor implements the following methodfor monitoring


dust.
6.9

Visual Monitoring
The day-to-day effectiveness of the on-Site dust management will be assessed
visually by the Site management team. A daily diary specifically for environmental
matters shall be maintained and updated twice daily by the Infrastructure
Contractors Project Manager or Site Manager. The diary shall give details of the
person carrying out the assessment, the location, time, date, wind and weather
conditions.
Specific instances of dust arising shall also be recorded in detail
showing the time, location, circumstances of the incident and any remedial action
taken.

WHEEL WASHING FACILITIES


The wheel washing facilities at the Windfarm shall be located close to the Site exit within
the Site security compound as indicated on the planning consent drawing The wheel
washing facilities will be located close to the Site entrance and will also comprise of
waiting areas to ensure the traffic on the public roads is unaffected by operation of the
wheel washing facilities and Site traffic.
The wheel washing facilities will operate on a closed cycle, and shall be an integral part
of the SPRs Dust Management Plan (see Section 6). Liquid and solid contents shall be
disposed of in accordance with Environment Agency requirements.
The Infrastructure Contractor will be responsible for ensuring the wheel washing
facilities are operational for the duration of the Infrastructure Contract and will maintain
the wheel washing facilities at regular intervals. Any defects relating to the wheel
washing facilities shall be reported, and attended to as a matter of urgency.

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CLEANING OF SITE ENTRANCE AND ROADS


All Site entrances, Site tracks that have been surfaced with tarmac, and public roads
shall be kept clean and clear of muck, debris and dust relating to the construction
activities at all times. The monitoring and carrying out of this will be the responsibility of
the Infrastructure Contractor.
All lorries entering the Site with materials liable to create dust will be covered with a
tarpaulin to prevent the dust from blowing off while on the public road. SPR and their
Infrastructure Contractor shall monitor and ensure that any lorry and/or contractor found
not to be complying with this rule shall not be allowed entrance to Site. Although it is
not envisaged that any soil or similar materials will need to be disposed of or exported
from the Site, SPR and the Infrastructure Contractor shall ensure that these are also
covered with a tarpaulin and clear of loose dirt from the body of the vehicle before
exiting Site.

LIGHTING FOR CONSTRUCTION AND MAINTENANCE


As per Planning Condition 15 of the Planning Consent for the Windfarm construction
works will take place between the hours of 07:00 19:00 hours Monday Friday and
07:00 16:00 hours on Saturdays. Outwith of these hours work on Site will be
restricted to emergency works, erection of turbines, dust suppression, maintenance of
plant or works that are not audible from sensitive receptors.
When these aforementioned works have to take place during the hours of dusk or
darkness, it shall be the Infrastructure Contractors responsibility to provide suitable
lighting arrangements to allow for the safe continuation of the works as per the
Construction Design and Management (CDM)7 Regulations (2007).
Temporary external lighting shall be provided by mobile temporary lighting towers with a
built in generator. Internal lighting shall be provided as necessary and power for these
shall be supplied from a temporary 110v generator or at a later stage via the auxiliary
power feed on Site.

10 TEMPORARY COMPOUNDS
The consented location of the construction compound is as shown in CCL-INF-A-001
which is included in Appendix 1. This takes advantage of an existing unused Site car
park which is partially stoned and fully enclosed by a dry stone wall. The ground shall
need additional preparation to increase the size of the hardstanding area for the
proposed Site compound.
The compound shall include Site offices, mess rooms, welfare facilities, storage for
materials, car parking, refuelling facilities and plant repair area. Entrance to the
compound shall be via the internal tracks. During initial setup of the compound the
existing gated entrance of the Long Causeway shall be used until the internal access
tracks have been completed to the compound.

The Construction (Design and Management) Regulations 2007 (CDM2007) came into force on 6th April 2007. The key aim
of CDM is to integrate health and safety into the management of the project and to encourage everyone involved to work
together.

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The ground conditions at this location are suitable for the establishment of a
construction compound and it is not adjacent to any watercourse making it an adequate
fuel storage area.
The indicative layout of the Construction Compound is detailed on Drawing Number
CCL-INF-A-013, presented in Appendix 5. The final layout will be decided upon on
appointment of the Infrastructure Contractor

11 RESTORATION OF AREAS RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION OF A TEMPORARY


NATURE
All construction areas of a temporary nature will be returned to as close as possible a
state as existed before construction (allowing for re-growth of vegetation). These areas
shall include the temporary construction compound, security compounds, temporary
storage areas etc. It should be noted that hardstandings areas for cranes and crane jibs
shall be permanent.
The temporary construction compound as shown in Appendix 5 shall be returned to a
car park/ unimproved acid grassland state. The concrete bund for storage of oils shall
be emptied of any contaminated liquids, which will be disposed of by a licensed
contractor in conjunction with any necessary EA consents. The concrete bund shall
then be removed, broken up and either disposed of at the borrow pit location or off Site
at a licensed tip.
All spare/leftover materials shall be removed from the compound by the Infrastructure
Contractor. Restoration of these areas shall include excavation of the stone back fill
and reuse or storage of this material on Site or at the borrow pit location. Soil originally
removed from these areas will be stored locally so that it can easily be excavated back
and reinstated in its original location. The ground shall then be graded back to its
original topography and reseeded.
Restoration of the compounds shall progress as soon as their use comes to an end,
and within 3 months of handover of the Site to SPR Operations which is currently
programmed for March 2015.
12 STORAGE AND OFF SITE DISPOSAL OF EXCAVATED MATERIAL
Preliminary design suggests that excavated material will not require removal from Site,
however this is subject to the completion of the Site Investigation.
The removal of any excavated material off Site shall be carried out under a Waste
Exemption licence from the EA, which shall be procured by the Infrastructure Contractor
prior to commencement on Site.
It is expected however, that material excavated on Site will be graded adjacent the
access tracks as construction progresses. Turfs laid aside previously would then be laid
over the excavated material and allowed to regenerate. This use of excavated material
will allow for a gradual marrying of the new tracks and the existing topography and
negate the need to remove material off Site.

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13 PROTECTION OF PUBLIC RIGHT OF WAY FOOTPATHS


Drawing CCL-INF-A-008 in Appendix 06 shows the existing public rights of way
(PRoW) and bridleway running through the Windfarm Site. It is proposed that during
the construction phase (including decommissioning of the existing turbines) of the
Windfarm, the PRoWs and bridleway will be temporarily diverted to avoid the
construction works and comply with CDM regulations. This will be on a temporary basis
only and all PRoWs and bridleway shall be reinstated to a comparable condition as they
were before the start of the construction works.
The temporary diversion of any and all PRoW footpaths on Site will be subject to prior
approval by the Public Rights of Way Department of Lancashire County Council.
SPR propose to build a temporary PRoW and Bridleway diversion along the western
boundary of the site, as indicated in Appendix 6.
This shall then serve diverted
pedestrian, cyclist and horse users during construction and as part of the overall PRoW
diversion scheme. SPR has contracted a countryside access consultant to complete a
report on the consented temporary bridleway diversion and also advise to the surface
finish and adjacent fencing. The report has been included in Appendix 7 for
completeness. The bridleway construction shall be completed prior to the start of any
civil works requiring the closure of the existing Bridleway, thus ensuring minimum
disruption to PRoW and bridleway users
During works on decommissioning of the existing turbines at the eastern end of the Site,
temporary closures of the diverted PRoW and bridleway will be put in place to ensure
that pedestrians and other users are kept out of the potential topple area of the
turbines. SPR will inform Cliviger Parish Council and the British Horse Society of the
exact dates in advance of the closures. However, indicative timescales are as follows:
Task
Decommissioning of 2 no.
Old turbines
Installation of new turbine
[T1]
New met mast installation
Miscellaneous
Activities
(such
as
cable
crossings/fencing etc)

Period
Jan/Feb 2014

Closure Timescale
2 weeks

June/July 2014

1 week

2014
2014

2 days
2-4 days

*the above dates are current best estimates, which are subject to change with construction
programme

The final surface finish of the existing bridleway on site post repowering of the windfarm
shall be to a similar or better standard than existing currently on the track. This shall
take the form of a well compacted layer of Type 1 material as discussed in section 4.

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14 DETAILS OF UNDERGOUND CABLING


All cables on Site shall be buried underground. 33kV electric cables between turbines
and the sub-station compound shall be buried underground and follow the access tracks
on Site. The 132kV cables shall exit the Site form the sub-station compound to the
Distribution Network Operators connection point underground also.
Appendix 8 shows a typical cross section thru an access track and adjacent electric
cables. Full design of the layout of the electric cables on Site will not be completed until
after the appointment of the Infrastructure Contractor.

15 PROTECTION OF TREES AND HEDGEROWS DURING CONSTRUCTION


Due to its elevation and historic use the Coal Clough windfarm Site has neither trees nor
hedgerows. For this reason this section is not included in the Construction Method
Statement.

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Appendix 1: CCL-INF-A-001 Windfarm Site Layout

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Appendix 2: Windfarm Programme as of July 2013

2013
Novemb Decem January Februar March
Start on Site
Access Track Construction Works
Windfarm Site Works
Windfarm site set-up
Foundation Pours
Transformer Delivery
Turbine Deliveries (inluding crane)
Site Completion

April

May

2014
June
July

August Septem October Novemb Decem

STAGE 1
STAGE 2

Stage 1: Pre completion of Access Track


Stage 2: Post completion of Access Track

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Layout

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CCL-INF-003-SPR Sub-Station Section Control Building Compound

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Appendix 4 A: CCL-INF-004-SPR Sub Station Control Building Elevations

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Appendix 4 B: Proposed Revised Met Mast Location

PROPOSED
LOCATION

ORIGIBAL
LOCATOIN,
REQUIRED

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MAST

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Appendix 5: CCL-INF-A-013 Temporary Construction Compound Layout

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Appendix 6: Proposed Temporary Diversions of Public Rights of Way

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Appendix 7:
Report to Scottish Power Renewables
Coal Clough Wind Farm - Temporary Bridleway Diversion
4th June 2013
Vyv Wood-Gee
Countryside Management Consultant
Shortrigg, Hoddom, Lockerbie DG11 1AW
Tel: 01576 300485 Mobile: 07711 307980

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Appendix 8: Typical Section Thru Access Track with Electric Cables Adjacent

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