The Scottish Government has given approval for alterations to the Stornoway Wind Farm, allowing for changes to the location to a number of turbines, variations to the planned access network on the site and the height of the turbines.
Lewis Wind Power submitted the revised plans for the consented Stornoway Wind Farm last year following an extensive public consultation in autumn 2014, which included drop-in exhibitions in Stornoway.
The variation allows for the following changes:
• Movement of 17 turbines by up to 50m and 8 turbines by between 50m and 147m to avoid areas of deep or wet peat;
• Modifying access tracks to avoid areas of wet peat and a new crossing over the River Creed;
• Minor revisions to the site boundary to avoid an area of deep peat and to reroute the track around the proposed salt barn;
• Increase the maximum tip height of the wind turbines to 145m, an increase of 1.5m.
Commenting on the announcement, John Buswell, project director for Lewis Wind Power said: “The Scottish Government’s decision is great news for the Stornoway Wind Farm and the local community.
“Having recently cleared air traffic and flight path issues associated with Stornoway Airport, this news brings the wind farm another step closer to fruition, helping to unlock significant community benefits and community equity in the process.
“These changes allow us to maximise the amount of energy we can create from the Stornoway Wind Farm, helping to deliver more green energy and benefits to the local community.”
Full details of the current proposals for the Stornoway Wind Farm can be found: here