Hoy Public Event to Hear About Proposed Wind Farm

old man of hoy silhouette martin laird

Old Man of Hoy silhouette photo: Martin Laird

The revised plans for the proposed Wind Farm on Hoy will be on show at an event on the island this month.

The revised plans, also include:

  • new and upgraded access tracks
  • a met mast
  • a substation compound
  • a temporary construction compound

– and will now be on show at a public event in the North Walls Centre in Hoy on Thursday 26 March – and available on the Council website www.orkney.gov.uk shortly after.

Details of the Hoy event are as follows:

  • Thursday 26 March 2020 in the Community Room and Hall at the North Walls Centre, Lyness, KW16 3NX from 14.00 to 17.00 and again from 19.00 to 21.00

Members of the Orkney Islands Council’s project team will be on hand to talk people through the plans and discuss any questions or comments they may have.

Feedback sheets will be available to fill in at the event or to take away and fill in before submitting to the project team.

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Ward Hill from Rackwick Hoy, Photo Martin Laird

The information shown at the events and feedback forms will be available on the Council website at https://www.orkney.gov.uk/Council/C/orkneys-community-wind-farm-project.htm from Friday 27 March.

Further information about the development may also be obtained by contacting Kirsty Groundwater, Project Officer, Orkney Islands Council.

The deadline for submitting comments to the Project Team will be Tuesday 14 April 2020 at 12:00 to;

  • Postal address: Kirsty Groundwater, Project Officer, Orkney Islands Council, Town House, 13 Victoria Street, Stromness, KW16 3AA
  • Email:kirsty.groundwater@orkney.gov.uk
  • Phone: 01856852272

The Hoy project is one of three under development as part of ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project’ – alongside Quanterness and Faray

The current proposal at the site in Hoy is to erect seven turbines, all at a blade tip height of up to 149.9m. The proposed Quanterness site has the potential capacity for six turbines and the site on Faray has enough space for up to seven turbines.

Pre-application consultation for the proposed project at Quanterness took place in November last year, with consultation events for the proposed project in Faray likely to take place in Eday and Westray later this year.

A planning application for Quanterness was lodged with the planning authority in January. The Council has since written to the Scottish Government to ask that they call in the application, on grounds of national significance.

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