SEPA submits detailed objections to E.On’s planned 26-turbine wind parc in Strathy Woods

 

Golden eagle breeding grounds at potential risk from Sutherland wind farm
Golden eagle breeding grounds at potential risk from Sutherland wind farm

The Scottish Environment Protection Agency – a statutory consultee – has submitted detailed objections to the proposed new 26 wind-turbine parc at Strathy Wood in Sutherland.

In its 21-page submission of objections SEPA says that there is ‘insufficient confidence in the carbon payback figure for it to be used by Scottish Ministers as a material consideration in their decision making”.

SEPA also objects to the developer’s plans to build another bridge over the River Strathy, close to the proposed Turbine-17, to Strathy Wood because of resulting adverse ‘increased environmental impacts’ and SEPA’s senior planning officer Cerian Baldwin added: “We would expect SSE and the Strathy Wood developers to come to some agreement over a shared access.”

The developer, E.On Renewable Developments Ltd has since submitted unspecified ‘additional information’ to Scottish Government Ministers, who have the final say-so on the application.

The installed capacity of the proposed generating station would be up to 78 MW comprising up to 26 turbines with a ground to blade tip height of up to 145 metres.

In its original application, E.On also applied for a direction under Section 57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 that planning permission for the development ‘be deemed to be granted.

Scottish Natural Heritage – another statutory consultee – has already lodged its objections to the wind farm on the grounds  (See Scottish Energy News, 6 Jan 2014) over potential adverse impacts the development would have on bird species including hen harrier, red-throated diver, golden eagle and greenshank during the breeding season.

The Scottish Government has now set a deadline of 11 April 2014 for any further and/or additional objections to be made to the proposed wind-turbine parc.

Should Scottish Ministers call a Public Local Inquiry (PLI), copies of these representations will be sent to the Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals for the Reporter to consider during the inquiry.

Any representations to the application should be made by email to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox:  

representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

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