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Viking heads to Supreme Court

Sustainable Shetland challenges restoration of Section 36 consent

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Local group Sustainable Shetland is taking its fight against the consented 370MW Viking wind farm to the Supreme Court.

Lawyers acting for the group are asking for a review of a 9 July decision by three senior judges at the Court of Session in Edinburgh, which restored Section 36 consent to the project on Shetland.

The ruling overturned a lower court decision that stripped Viking of planning permission on the grounds that the Scottish government did not properly take account of bird issues at the 103-turbine project.

Viking Energy head of development Aaron Priest said: "We note that Sustainable Shetland will now attempt to seek an appeal to the Supreme Court, in spite of the opinion of the three senior judges being so clearly in favour of the Scottish government's decision to grant consent."

He added that the company, which is developing the project alongside partner SSE, is "very confident that the opinion of the three senior judges will be upheld".

Image: bird issues have been raised in relation to the planned project (sxc.hu)

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