Welcome to the Loch Liath Wind Farm project page
The proposals for Loch Liath Wind Farm are developing. In December 2020, we submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government to consider the potential of up to 26 turbines, with a tip height up to 200m. In May 2021 we held an online exhibition to engage with and listen to the local community on how the project can bring benefits to the area - from community funding to improved access to broadband. These responses are being analysed to develop the project.
The project size is determined by the studies we undertake and the consultation feedback we receive.
This website will be kept updated over the development period to keep you informed and to hear your views and ideas.
Get the latest updates and developments for Loch Liath Wind Farm, and feel free to contact us using the contact form.
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Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)
Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints.
No public engagement is carried out during this time because the site may not pass the criteria required for being suitable for development.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning (6 - 12 months)
We request the view of the Scottish Government and The Highland Council on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").
Scoping is sent to local and neighbouring Community Councils and consultees such as NatureScot, SEPA and Historic Environment Scotland.
At this stage, it is expected that our initial proposals will evolve, taking information from studies and engagement with the public and statutory consultees.
Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Decision (12-18 months)
An application is submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.
This is publicly available information and will be available on this project website.
Interested parties and statutory consultees such as The Highland Council can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Construction (18-24 months)
If the project is approved, construction begins at least one year after consent. Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.
Stage 5: Operation (30-35 years)
The turbines are managed from a regionally based maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
We are committed to community benefit and shared ownership opportunities. A community fund is active throughout the lifetime of the project for worthwhile community initiatives.
Stage 6: Decommissioning (12 months)
At the end of the planning period, turbines are removed. A financial bond or parent company guarantee is put in place before construction starts to cover this cost.
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