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Latest updates Slickly Wind Farm

30 Nov, 2019

On this page, you will find the latest project updates and public consultations on Slickly Wind farm.

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. Scottish Government Planning and Environmental Appeals Divisions (DPEA) have now confirmed that the appeal is in order and can progress. The appeal case reference is PPA-270-2256 and can be found on the DPEA website

We now wait for a Reporter to be appointed who will review the evidence from all sides. At this stage timescales are uncertain but we could expect a decision some time in 2022.

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. After careful consideration we have concluded that we are not able to reduce or amend the site whilst still having a project that is economically viable in today’s ultra-competitive marketplace. Having considered our available options we have decided to progress with an appeal of the current configuration. This isn’t a decision we have taken lightly and we will continue to update the community as the project appeal progresses.

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. The project had received no objections from statutory consultees such as Historic Environment Scotland and NatureScot and would generate much-needed renewable energy, equivalent to the needs of 31000 homes. We are in continued discussions with Council Officers, and considering the options open to us.

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.

April 2021

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.

Slickly Wind Farm is located approximately 8.5 km south of John O’Groats, on land adjacent to the operational Stroupster Wind Farm. The Supplementary Environmental Information (SEI) submitted to The Highland Council represents the final plans for the proposed wind farm. The revised proposal retains 11 turbines: 9 with tip heights of up to 149.99m and 2 with reduced tip heights of up to 135m.

A planning application was first submitted in December 2019, and this revised application is mainly to address consultee responses received in relation to cultural heritage, peat and hydrology. As a result, the tip heights of two turbines have been reduced from 149.9m to 135m and the turbine layout has been slightly amended.

Battery storage is included in the proposal as an integral part of the project. This will allow excess power generated by the wind farm to be stored and released on to the grid when the wind drops.

Commenting on the improvements, Maya Hernes, Project Manager for Statkraft said: “Over the past year, we have carefully reviewed our plans as a result of helpful feedback from consultees. We believe these amendments have resulted in an improved overall proposal, which will bring positive socio-economic benefits to the surrounding communities.

Scottish Government statistics were published this week showing that renewables met nearly 100% of Scotland’s electricity demand in 2020. This is great news - but there is still a long way to go, as roughly a quarter of Scottish energy consumption presently comes from renewables. It is clear that we need more projects like Slickly to help decarbonise our heating and transport systems.”

It is estimated that the wind farm would generate enough electricity equivalent to the demand of over 31,000 homes.

If consented, the project would contribute approximately £231,000 a year through a Community Benefit Fund, equating to over £6.9 million over the lifetime of the project.

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 . Statkraft have a track record of utilising local suppliers on their projects – businesses are encouraged to register on the Local Suppliers page.

Community Ownership is also being offered as part of the project and early discussions have taken place with the local community. Statkraft have commissioned a broadband feasibility study that shows there is potential for the project to bring improved access to broadband, and have actively been exploring this through the formation of a broadband liaison group.

Project Summary:
Turbines: 11 (9 up to 149.9m and 2 up to 135m)
Installed capacity: up to 49.9MW
Operating period: 30 years
Community Fund: £231,000 per year

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. Met masts on wind farm development sites are common practice, and serve to provide a deeper understanding of the nature of the wind resource on the site.

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. 

Download the leaflet including information shown here.

Thank you to everyone who attended one of our events or returned a reply card to give their views as we developed the project.

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. 

Exhibitions were held between 3-5 September and displayed a change in design to increase in the overall height of the turbines of 15 metres, with increased output potential.

  • Canisbay Village Hall, Canisbay, Caithness, KW1 4YH
  • Lyth Village Hall, Lyth, Caithness, KW1 4UD
  • Keiss Village Hall, High Street, Keiss, Caithness, KW1 4XB
  • Auckengill Village Hall, St Clare Hall, Auckengill, Caithness, KW1 4XP

This project has been in the design stage since 2013 and wind turbine technology has progressed significantly in the six years since the proposal was first drawn up. The increase, from 135m to 149m allows more electricity to be generated from the same number of turbines. This also results in an increase in the community benefit, money that will be spent in local communities near the site.

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.

  • Lyth Village Hall, Lyth, Caithness, KW1 4UD
  • Canisbay Village Hall, Canisbay, Caithness, KW1 4YH
  • Auckengill Village Hall, St Clare Hall, Auckengill, Caithness, KW1 4XP
  • Keiss Village Hall, High Street, Keiss, Caithness, KW1 4XB

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.

Slickly Wind Farm Community Liaison Group
We have had regular meetings with representatives from the surrounding Community Councils and established a Community Liaison Group (CLG). Members include Dunnet & Canisbay, Bower, Sinclairs Bay and Castletown Community Councils.

The CLG provides a forum where local community representatives can feedback valued opinions on all aspects of the project and receive updates on the proposed development.

We would like to thank all the members of the CLG who have given their time throughout the planning process to discuss the evolving plans and give their input on our public engagement activity.

Statkraft is committed to continue the engagement and dialogue with all involved and will update the surrounding communities as the development continues to progress.

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