Renewable Energy

The Historic Buildings team have dealt with a wide variety of renewable energy projects, with a particular emphasis on on-shore wind energy projects. The team provides independent and commercially aware advice to clients in relation to cultural heritage matters and often integrates the service with the planning and archaeology teams. Developments involving renewable energy can often be seen at odds with the nation's cultural heritage assets, CgMs can help navigate through the key issues in a number of different ways, from pre-scoping assessment, chapters for environmental statements through to public inquiry.


  • Pre-Scoping Assessment - The Historic Buildings team have carried out pre-scoping assessment for wind farm developers highlighting the key cultural heritage assets and issues in and around a site in order to provide the client with an overview of the particular constraints of a site.
  • Public Inquiry - CgMs has provided expert witness services at six wind farm appeals and has had success in a number where cultural heritage issues were one of the primary concerns. The team has experience in dealing with projects in a number of different areas, with varying contexts and issues associated with them.
  • EIA/ES Chapter - The team is well appraised in undertaking EIA work for renewable projects for a variety of clients like npower renewable, Nuon UK Ltd, Enertrag UK Ltd and others. Often working with landscape architects and archaeologists our ES chapters involve a robust assessment for all cultural heritage assets within a given radius of a site. See our approach to Wind Farms for more information.
    Environmental Impact Assessment

Regional contacts:

London and South East

Veronica Cassin - Director

South West and Wales

Jonathan Smith - Director
01242 259 290

Midlands & North England

Simon Mortimer - Director
01636 642 707

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