Planning success on NUDC community wind development in North Uist

North UistAtmos Consulting has assisted the North Uist Development Company (NUDC) in achieving planning consent for two 900kw wind turbines -a development which will provide long term funding for community projects to support the remote island community.

The North Uist Development Company (NUDC) was founded in March 2010 as a development of the North Uist Partnership. Its core aim is to develop a sustainable and viable community through promoting social, educational, cultural, economic and environmental wellbeing in North Uist.

The local government council, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (CnES) has resolved to grant planning permission for the community wind turbine development, located on land at Locheport North Uist.

Atmos Consulting provided specialist noise and acoustics advice to enable NUDC to demonstrate to CnES that the development would not cause problems in respect of noise.

Specialist planning advice enabled NUDC to counter a strong Ministry of Defence (MoD) objection to the application and provide Councillors with the basis upon which they could resolve to grant planning permission. The MoD had objected to the project on the grounds of potential effects upon air defence radar and the operation of the SouthUistMissileRange.

The application will now be referred to the Scottish Government to determine whether Ministers would wish to decide it or let the CnES grant permission.

‘This is a great result for the North Uist community.’ Said Atmos’ Regional Director and Head of Planning, Philip Lewis. ‘We were able to clearly demonstrate the CnES can approve the application despite the MoD objection. Given the strength of the application we are hopeful the decision will be taken at a local level. ‘

This adds to the long list of community wind projects that Atmos has guided to a successful planning outcome.

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