Fresh plans for Stornoway wind farm

Members of the public are being invited to come and view the updated proposals for the Stornoway Wind Farm, at a public exhibition later this month.

Lewis Wind Power (LWP) and the Stornoway Trust will host the events at the Martins Memorial Hall in Stornoway. This will be open to the public on Tuesday 25th (11am- 8pm) and Wednesday 26th November (11am – 8pm).

LWP is proposing a small number of alterations to its approved scheme as a result of detailed peat surveys.

Over the last winter LWP has undertaken a detailed survey of the proposed road routes and the locations of the wind turbine bases, taking thousands of peat depth measurements.

The aim was to redesign parts of the scheme in order to reduce the amount of peat disturbed and avoid particularly wet areas, in line with the requirements of the existing planning consent.

The exhibition will feature the latest plans on the location of the wind farm and will have details on the position and configuration of the individual turbines.

In addition to this there will be 3D video montages of the proposed development, which will show how the wind farm will appear from different angles/locations and vantage points from around the surrounding area.

An application, taking account of the proposed changes, to vary the existing consent for the project will then be submitted to the Scottish Government in early 2015.

John Buswell, Project Director for Lewis Wind Power said: “The adjustments that we are making to the scheme, while small, are important and we value comments made by the local community.

“They are necessary following detailed studies of the peat and hydrology of the area and do not alter the scale or overall benefits of the scheme.

“The exhibition also gives us the opportunity to show local community the progress to date and our continuing commitment to the scheme. We hope that residents will take this opportunity to meet with the development team and pose any questions they may have.”

Any residents who are unable to attend the meeting, but have questions about the project, can get in touch with the team on 01851 700024.