Through ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project’ the Council’s Strategic Projects team is investigating three sites for potential community wind farms in the county – in Hoy, Faray in the North Isles, and at Quanterness in St Ola.
All three developments are extensive, and the turbines are of a height not used in Orkney before (almost 150m to blade tip). The projects therefore present a number of challenges – not least the visual impact - 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 will be given an opportunity to express their support or objections to the development.
We've held a series of public exhibitions and events since the projects were announced, all of which have given local people the opportunity to feedback to us their thoughts on the project, before we submit planning applications. Commenting to us as applicants during this time does not take away the need for, and right of, individuals and communities to express formal views to the planning authority during the planning application process itself. It is important, therefore, for communities and others to follow their interest in a proposal through to the planning application stage, when views can be made to the planning authority before it before determines the application - and we will keep you updated on how you can do this.
Full details of the events relating to Hoy and the information presented at these, is available from the 'More pages in this section' section of this webpage.