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Slickly Wind Farm

United Kingdom / Wind power / Project

We have consent to build a wind farm located 8km south west of John O’Groats, near the operational Stroupster wind farm.

The project consists of 11 wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 149.9 metres. We have designed the project carefully, avoiding cumulative effects by ensuring turbine height and proportions work with the existing Stroupster Wind Farm.

An application was submitted to The Highland Council for in December 2019 for 11 turbines with a maximum tip height of 149.9 metres. In March 2021, the project was slightly revised, including reducing the height of two of the turbines to 135 metres.  The project was refused by The Highland Council in June 2021 and a successful appeal to that decision was announced in August 2022.

Slickly Windfarm introduction video

Maya is the project manager for the project as it progresses from scoping stage to a planning application. We hope this short video provides a useful introduction to Maya and Statkraft.

Latest updates

23 Aug, 2022
August 2022

Slickly Wind Farm has been granted planning permission. We're delighted with the outcome and pleased with the prompt decision. The decision was issued by the reporter on behalf of Scottish Ministers, and viewed on the DPEA website.

September 2021

This month we officially submitted documents to appeal The Highland Councils decision to refuse Slickly Wind Farm at the North Planning Applications Committee in June.

August 2021

Following the refusal of our application for a wind farm development at Slickly, we have continued to review all options open to us. 

June 2021

Our application was heard by The Highland Councils North Planning Applications Committee in early June. We are very disappointed that the application was refused at the committee. 

May 2021

Our latest newsletter provides an update on progress with the application and to give more details on the Supplementary Environmental Information recently submitted, and details of what changes have been made to the project since our original submission. Read the newsletter here.

Feedback on Slickly Wind Farm results in tip height reduction

Plans for a proposed wind farm at Slickly have moved a step closer following the submission of additional information to The Highland Council.

March 2021

We have submitted our Supplementary Environmental Information, which makes slight adjustments to our proposal, including reducing the height of two turbines to 135 metres. Read our press release.

October 2020

Our application to install a met mast on the Slickly site has been approved by The Highland Council. The installation of the met mast will take place in Spring 2021, weather permitting.

August 2020

An application to install a temporary meteorological mast (met mast) on the site has been submitted. The mast would be a total of 80 metres tall, and be installed for a maximum period of five years. 

January 2020

We would like to thank everyone who participated in our consultation events. We have submitted our planning application to The Highland Council.

November 2019

Public events were held on 19 November 2019 to display updated plans and discuss the final design before submitting an application to the Highland Council. 

September 2019

After nearly a year since our first exhibitions, work progressed on the design of the wind farm based on feedback received and ongoing studies on and surrounding the site. Community feedback was important in this process. 

November 2018

Four public consultation events were held between 19-21 November to allow local residents to meet the team and to view and comment on the proposals.

Key facts

  • Up to 49.9 MW
    Installed Capacity
  • 11
    Number of turbines
  • 149.9 metres (two turbines at 135 metres)
    Tip height
  • 30 years
    Operating period
  • Equivalent to the demand of over 31,000 homes
    Electricity Generation
  • £231,000 per year, or £6.9m over the operating period (based on 46.2MW)
    Community Benefit Fund:

About the proposal

Slickly Wind Farm would represent a natural extension to the existing cluster of wind turbines at Stroupster. As set out in the Highland Council’s: Onshore Wind Supplementary Guidance, new wind energy developments in north-east Caithness are significantly constrained to ensure the relationship between development scale and landscape character and setting is maintained.

However, the Highland Council have stated there is scope to consolidate and improve the existing layout of Stroupster. Slickly Wind Farm will achieve this through careful design with Stroupster and avoiding cumulative effects by ensuring turbine height and proportions work with the existing turbines.

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Proposed Slickly Wind Farm turbine layout (blue) next to Stroupster (black)

As a responsible developer and operator of renewable energy projects, our approach to development involves consulting widely with local communities. Our final submission has been shaped by responses to our consultation activity from the community and statutory consultees. 

The proposal is for an 11 turbine wind farm that has the potential to generate electricity equivalent to the needs of over 31,000 homes. It is located east of Slickly, on land adjacent to the existing Stroupster wind farm development, approximately 8 km south west of John O’Groats.


From the beginning of our community engagement, local residents raised access to fast and reliable broadband as a real issue. In 2019 we commissioned a feasibility study to explore the potential for using the infrastructure at Slickly to deliver increased access to broadband. The feasibility study shows there is potential to deliver this, utilising the connection we need in place to manage communications during wind farm operations. 

Liaising with a local broadband liaison group has taken place. The intention is not to deliver free broadband, but to facilitate improved access.  We look forward to exploring the potential and progressing this important initiative, should this be desired by the local community.

Community, economic and environmental benefits

Why do we need another wind farm?

Climate experts agree on the urgency of ending our reliance on unsustainable and climate change causing fossil fuels like coal and oil. To guarantee future supplies of heat and electricity, we must turn instead to harnessing power from nature’s own unlimited resources of sun, wind and water. Statkraft is a proud investor in Scotland’s forward-thinking renewables policy and the much needed economic regeneration it will bring to rural communities across the country.

Slickly Wind Farm Community Liaison Group

Statkraft has built its reputation on putting communities first. We want our developments to have a positive and lasting impact on those who live and work in the surrounding areas. We established a Slickly Wind Farm Community Liaison Group and members include representatives from Dunnet and Canisbay, Castletown, Bower and Sinclairs Bay Community Councils. The Liaison Group provides a forum where local community representatives can feedback opinions of the local community on all aspects of the project and receive updates on the proposed development.

Local development trust for local people

If consented, a community benefit fund of £231,000 would be available - equating to £6.9 million over the 30 year operating period of the wind farm.

Statkraft would like to explore the use of this fund with local communities, to promote projects to enhance the quality of life for local communities and visitors through investment in the natural, built and cultural heritage of the area.

We believe that such a fund would be an opportunity to invest in communities close to the wind farm and that it could be used to create an ongoing and sustainable legacy that will outlast the turbines.

Creating jobs, boosting economies

The renewable energy sector in Scotland is now a significant contributor to the local, regional and national economy. It is estimated that during the construction phase, the project will be worth approximately £28.7m to the UK economy, over £7m of which is expected to be retained within the Highland region. If the Slickly Wind Farm is consented, we will invite local companies to tender for contracts during the construction phase.

We would hope to procure a range of services from local companies including construction work, drainage contractors, concrete suppliers, metal fabricators, plant hire, cleaning, waste management, security, fencing contractors and catering and accommodation suppliers. We have had early discussions with Caithness Chamber of Commerce to help us reach out to local companies and suppliers. We believe that by using the local workforce where possible, the development can have a direct and positive effect on the local economy. Businesses are encouraged to register on the Local Suppliers page.

The project team

Steve Reid
Principal Project Manager
Alison Hood
Principal Community Engagement Manager

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