Hoy Pre-Application Consultation - May/June 2020

What is happening?

Orkney Islands Council's Strategic Projects Team has been 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 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 was 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 put considerable effort into designing a consultation which we hope reached as many people as possible and gave everyone the opportunity to understand the proposals and to make your opinions heard.

How can I view the plans for the project?

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

 

How can I make my views known about the project?

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

 

 

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