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Consultation on the location-specific community benefit fund for Orkney's Community Wind Farm Project

CONSULTATION EXTENDED TO 13 AUGUST

What's the consultation about?

Orkney Islands Council is consulting with the public and with key stakeholders - like local Community Councils - on the ‘location-specific’ community benefit scheme for ‘Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project’.

Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project is the potential development of three council-owned six-turbine wind farm sites in Orkney.

If the projects go ahead, they could generate significant income for Orkney Islands Council, helping to provide services that local people rely on and providing a location-specific community benefit scheme for communities to develop projects of their own.

Community benefit schemes are a well-established, integral part of renewable energy developments. They are voluntary arrangements offered by renewable energy developers to communities located near developments and are not a material consideration in a planning application.

Through this consultation process we hope to work alongside local people to develop a location-specific community benefit scheme for Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project that, as far as possible, best meets the needs and aspirations of our community.

There are two specific questions, and one more general question, we are looking for feedback on:

It should be noted that this consultation is not about expressing an opinion for or against the project or sites themselves – separate consultation processes exist for this.

Where can I find out more information?

The consultation document provided in the Related Downloads section of this webpage provides some background information on Orkney’s Community Wind Farm Project and on the guiding principles that have already been set for community benefit from the project.

The document sets out in detail the key questions that we are looking for feedback on and also highlights two existing schemes that are in place in Orkney and in Shetland for reference.

How do I make my views known?

We are hugely disappointed that we can’t hold face to face events with the community about the scheme but given the current Covid-19 situation  we hope you can understand why it wouldn’t be possible or sensible to do so.

There are various ways in which you can make your views known about the location-specific community benefit fund:

To arrange a postal pack or a discussion with the Project Team, or to ask any further questions, please contact Kirsty Groundwater, Project Officer, Orkney Islands Council, by email on kirsty.groundwater@orkney.gov.uk  or by phone on 07818508323.

The deadline for submitting comments to the Project Team is 12:00 on 13 August 2021.

School Place, Kirkwall, Orkney, KW15 1NY

Telephone: 01856 873535

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