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The high price of wind farm checks

Orkney Islands Council has requested that the Scottish Government handle the council’s own planning application for six wind turbines on the island of Hoy rather than it consider it itself; this is the first of three wind farms it is planning and it expects to submit the remaining two to Holyrood early next year.

To secure installation of a high-capacity interconnector to the mainland – previously widely trailed by the council as necessary to take tidal and wave exports to the Scottish mainland, which output has not materialised to date – planning permission for a minimum of 135MW of new generation is required to be contractually signed up before the end of 2021.

The council has just published “full documentation” on its planning and environmental appeals division website for public access and to facilitate public representations by January 21.

Copies of the Environmental Impact Assessment PDF can be read on screen by paying £15, or a paper copy ordered for £1,250.

Some might question what is going on.

DB Watson, Cumbernauld.