Hoy Pre-Application Consultation - May/June 2020

What is happening?

Orkney Islands Council's Strategic Projects Team is consulting with the public on 'Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project - Hoy' - a proposed wind farm development at Wee Fea on the island of Hoy.

As the development is classed as a 'major development' there is a requirement to submit a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the planning authority and carry out a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC).

The project is part of ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project’ which also includes proposed wind farm developments at Quanterness and on Faray in the North Isles.

The objective of the PAC is for communities to be better informed about major and national development proposals and to have an opportunity to contribute their views before a formal planning application is submitted to the planning authority.

It should be noted that comments made to OIC through this PAC process are not representations to the planning authority. If a planning application is subsequently submitted, neighbour notification and publicity will be undertaken, and individuals and communities will have an opportunity to make representations on that application to the planning authority at that time.

All consultation material, including options for discussing the project with the project team and for submitting comments is described below.

For further enquiries please contact Kirsty Groundwater, Project Officer, Orkney Islands Council by email  or by phone on 07818508323

The deadline for submitting comments to the Project Team will be Monday 8 June 2020 at 12.00.  

Why are we consulting online and not holding a public exhibition?

As the development is classed as a 'major development' there is a requirement to submit a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to the planning authority and carry out a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) – which usually would include a public event or exhibition.

A public event had been planned for Hoy to take place in March 2020, but this was cancelled due to the ongoing restrictions put in place as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

We are hugely disappointed that we can’t come out and talk to folk face to face to the community about the latest plans, but given the current situation we hope you can understand why it wouldn’t be possible or sensible to do so and why we had to cancel the event planned for March.

The Scottish Government recently introduced emergency legislation which allows pre-application consultation to take place without a physical public event, recognising the economic need to keep the planning system functioning, and also the uncertainty around when restrictions might be lifted.

That is particularly important for this project given the tight deadline we have been given if we want to meet the Needs Case conditions set out by OFGEM to secure a new electricity interconnector for Orkney. If we don’t keep moving towards a planning application now, we significantly risk wasting the resources that have been put into this project to date.

As an alternative, we have put considerable effort into designing a consultation which we hope can reach as many people as possible and give everyone the opportunity to understand the proposals and to make your opinions heard.

How can I view the plans for the project or ask questions of the project team?

There a number of options available to you. These are:

To arrange telephone or Skype sesions please contact Kirsty Groundwater by email or by phone on 07818508323

How do I take part in the virtual event on 28 May 2020?

The virtual consultation events will be held on Thursday 28 May 2020 from 16.00 to 19.00. During the live event you will be able to view outline proposals for the development, find out more about the development and ask questions to members of the Project Team

The event will be delivered online.  To access the event, please use the link below.  As you sign in you may be asked to input a Meeting ID.  The meeting ID is 836 3090 7356.

Use this link to access the Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project - Hoy online consultation session.

When you join the meeting please turn off your video camera and put your microphones on mute - this should help alleviate any bandwidth issues and allows for smooth running of the meeting. 

We will begin at 16.00 with a short presentation from the project team during which there will be an opportunity to ask questions of the project team or make comment on the proposals. We will repeat this process again at 17.30 with the event closing at 19.00. 

If you have any questions then please us the 'Raise your Hand' feature which you will find at the bottom of your screen under 'Particpants'.  You can also post a question in the 'Chat' feature which you will find on the right hand side of your screen.  Questions will be taken in the order in which they come in and answered by one of our project team, depending on the subject of the question. 

We would ask that you are mindful that all participants are entitled to an opportunity to contribute to the discussion and we may use the 'mute' feature to ensure this.

We would also make it clear that personal attacks or comments of an abusive nature towards any other participants in the event will not be tolerated and you will be asked to leave the meeting for this type of behaviour - just as you would if we were meeting face to face.

How can I make my views known about the project?

An online feedback form is available here, can be printed off from the Related Downloads section of this webpage or can be requested by post. If you take part in a telephone or Skype interview with members of the project team you will be emailed a feedback form afterwards. Printed copies of the form should be returned by email to Kirsty Groundwateror by post to Kirsty Groundwater, Project Officer, Orkney Islands Council, Town House, Stromness, KW16 3AA.

The deadline for submitting comments to the Project Team will be Monday 8 June 2020 at 12.00.

 

 

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