RES believes in meaningful and effective consultation and we aim to engage early with the local community to facilitate constructive consultation. This helps to identify issues and concerns, as well as benefits and opportunities, which we can then consider when developing the design of the proposal.
In August 2016 we submitted a Proposal of Application Notice (PAN) to Highland Council which set out how we would consult with the local community on our Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm proposal. You can view a copy of the PAN here.
We will also develop a Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) Report, to document the community engagement process, and this will accompany our planning application when it is submitted.
We held public exhibitions in the local area in November 2016 to enable people to find out more about the proposal and provide us with their views. RES staff were on hand to answer any questions or queries, and questionnaires were available in order for people to provide feedback. Further details of the exhibitions can be found in the advert opposite.
The public exhibitions were well attended, with over 80 people turning out to learn about the project and share their views and more than 60 comment forms submitted. The breakdown of people's view on the proposed layout was as follows:
- 47% I am happy with the current proposed layout
- 15% I am neutral towards the current proposed layout
- 23% I have concerns about the proposed layout
- 15% I don't like wind farms in general
Detailed comments were provided on topics such as turbine height, visibility, environmental benefits, battery storage, local benefits, jobs and employment; a full analysis of comments will be provided in RES' Pre-Application Consultation (PAC) Report which will accompany any planning application submitted.
A range of information was presented at the exhibitions including photomontages showing what the proposed wind farm would look like from various locations within the local and wider area. The information banners and photomontages can be viewed by clicking on the links below:
The exhibitions initiated a consultation period that was run by RES to gather comments on the proposal. The closing date for comments was Friday 23 December 2016. Comments after this date will still be accepted but may not necessarily considered in relation to the development of the proposal.
Any further comments on the proposal must be provided in writing to Callum Whiteford, Community Relations Manager, via email at email@example.com or by post at the following address:
Cairnmore Hill Wind Farm Project Team
Third Floor STV
Glasgow G51 1PQ
Please note that comments provided to RES are not representations to Highland Council (the determining authority). If RES submits a planning application there will be an opportunity to make formal representations on the application to the Council.