An application for appeal by the company behind the planned Hesta Head windfarm has been turned away by the Scottish Government.
As reported in this weekâ€™s The Orcadian, Hoolan Energy said it was left with â€śno option but to pursue an appealâ€ť due to â€śuncertaintyâ€ť over whether Orkney Islands Council (OIC) would consider an application.
In October, Hoolan submitted an application with the the council to vary conditions on the permissions for the Costa Head and Hesta Head windfarms. It asked to have an extra five years for the windfarmâ€™s lifespan, plus a further five years to start construction (as of April 2019).
As the planning permission sits currently, it is due to expire this April.
The councilâ€™s planning committee rejected the application to extend the time conditions on Costa Head, and Hoolan subsequently appealed this decision to the Scottish Government.
However, before the Hesta Head application went to the councilâ€™s committee, the company also appealed it citing the authorityâ€™s failure to reach a decision.
In a document published yesterday, the government say that it has no remit to consider this as it was submitted too early. Hoolan said it would be lodging a second appeal in due course.
Explaining the position, the decision notice says â€śThe appeal has now been checked in line with The Town and Country Planning (Appeals) (Scotland) Regulations 2013, and I must inform you that it has been submitted too early.
â€śIn order to be accepted, this appeal should have been lodged within 7 months, but no less than 4 months, for major applications i.e. 4 months for the Planning Authority to determine the application, and a further 3 months for the period to lodge the appeal. In other words, your appeal should have been submitted after 6 February 2022.
â€śWe, therefore, have no scope to accept or consider your appeal.â€ť
Responding to the decision, a spokeswoman from Hoolan Energy said: â€śDPEA states the timescale to submit an Appeal for S42 is four months after validation of the original application (which was 6 October for Hesta Head) rather than two months. The four month period would have been on 7 Feb instead of 2 Feb. The appeal will be re-submitted in order to be validated.â€ť
For more information on where the application for the windfarms sit at the moment, see this weekâ€™s edition of The Orcadian.
|Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Funding