Site Selection & Identification
Using a rigorous and systematic process, we identify and select the optimum sites for projects. We use GIS mapping to identify key planning and environmental constraints, but all opportunity areas outside the constraints that can accommodate a development project. It can be difficult enough to secure project consents, without starting with the wrong site. We help select the optimum site for a development, which gives the project the best possible chance of success. The consideration of alternatives (including alternative sites) is a key requirement for EIA projects, and we help applicants demonstrate they have selected the site in an area, county or region, for their chosen project.
Negotiations, Legal Agreements, and Notifications
We work with clients to deliver bespoke solutions for development projects. Including securing Option and Lease agreements for renewable energy developments, landowner approaches and negotiations for access and other accommodations works, planning agreements, and grid connection requirements both pre and post planning.
We are able to delicately approach owners of land that may be suitable for development in order to present them with development concepts and establish their level of potential interest. Of course, at such an early stage in development (pre-planning etc) no guarantees can be offered, and due to the levels of capital investment involved, an Option to Lease or Option to Purchase Lands may be sought if certain project milestones were achieved. We also undertake negotiations of Wayleave agreements and can facilitate the delivery of legal notices to owners of land for compulsory purchase etc, as required.
MKO have over 10 years’ experience in negotiating these types of agreements on behalf of developers.
We consistently find that the presence of MKO can benefit both sides of the negotiation table, ensuring quality and effective communication, understanding and consistency at every step.
The Land Solutions team can help to devise and implement strategies for community engagement. Often a requirement of the planning process, unveiling a project to the local community can carry some risks if effective engagement is not carefully approached.
Our approach to community engagement is to initiate and manage effective communication that is inclusive, informative, creates an arena for meaningful feedback and lasts for the duration of the project.
Renewable Energy projects seeking support through the Renewable Energy Support Scheme (RESS) are obliged to undertake certain levels of community engagement that would satisfy the Terms and Conditions set out as well as adhere to the Code of Practice for Wind Energy Development in Ireland.
MKO Land Solutions can manage this entire process ensuring that RESS requirements are demonstrable but focus on meaningful engagement to the satisfaction of both our clients and the community hosting the development project.