A planning application has been submitted by Orkney Islands Council this week for a six-turbine wind farm development at Quanterness outside Kirkwall. Proposed Quanterness Wind Farm
The development is part of Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project, which could also see council-owned wind farm developments in Hoy and on Faray. Orkney’s Community Windfarm Project
All profits made from the Quanterness Wind Farm would remain in Orkney. If the planning application is successful the OIC will use it as evidence towards a Needs Case for a new interconnector for Orkney.
Planning applications for the Hoy and Faray projects are likely to follow in Summer and Autumn respectively, as there are additional survey requirements for these sites. Public consultation events will be held shortly in these areas to present the latest plans and gather public views.
All three developments are substantial, and the turbines are of a height not used in Orkney before (149.9m to blade tip). The projects therefore present a number of potential impacts and these must be weighed against the potential benefits from the project. Individuals will have different opinions on that balance and through the planning process have the opportunity to express their support or objections to the development.
Councillors agreed late last year that a request should be made to the Scottish Government to call-in the application on the grounds that the development is of national significance. That request has now been made and the Council is awaiting a decision from the Scottish Government as to whether they will call in the application or not.
Links To The Application
The full application documents are available through the Council website. For more information visit the Planning Application Search and Submission page of the website – https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/D/application_search_submission.htm, read the Disclaimer and Copyright document available in the ‘Related Downloads’ section and then click on the ‘Accept and Search’ button. And you should arrive at this link: 20/037/TPPMAJ
Erect 6 wind turbines (maximum height 149.9 metres, maximum wind farm capacity 50MW), erect a meteorological mast (maximum height 90 metres) and a substation, create an access and construct access tracks, and associated infrastructure
How To Make A Comment
Information on how to comment on a planning application – whether that be to support the proposal or object to it – and what happens to those comments is available at https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Service-Directory/D/commenting-on-a-application.htm.
Comments can be submitted in writing, either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, online through the Council website www.orkney.gov.uk or by post to: Development Management, Council Offices, School Place, Kirkwall, KW15 1NY.
Hard copies of the application are also available to view at the One Stop Shop at the Council Offices in Kirkwall and at the Orkney Library and Archive in Kirkwall.
More information on Orkney’s Community Wind Farm project is available at https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Council/C/orkneys-community-wind-farm-project.htm