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. The details of the exhibitions were as follows:
Tuesday 22 November from 2pm - 8pm
Caithness Horizons (Education room)
Old Town Hall
Thurso KW14 8DD
Wednesday 23 November from 12 noon - 6pm
Forss Village Hall
Near Thurso KW14 7XU
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.