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Western Isles maps wind policy

Consultation on supplementary guidance runs through November

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Local authority officials are seeking feedback on proposed planning policy changes for onshore wind enegy development in the Western Isles off Scotland.

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar is carrying out consultation on supplementary guidance covering all sizes of wind turbines as well as spatial guidance, radar issues and planning policy "to direct developers”.

"The revised guidance reflects the requirement of national planning policy and the issues of local constraints in planning for wind energy developments,” said the local authority.

Sustainable development committee chair Alasdair MacLeod said: “The generation of power from wind energy has potential throughout our islands albeit at different scales in differing parts of the islands. Although there are constraints in relation to the resource, the Comhairle is supportive and seeks to encourage appropriate renewable energy generation projects.”

Maps produced as part of the proposed policy outline large areas unsuitable for large-scale development as well areas of constraint and more limited acreage suited for wind farms.

Consultation runs for three months through 20 November and documents are available online.

Image: the Western Isles is home to community and commercial wind ambitions (SgurrEnergy)

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