Published: 13/01/2014 15:05 - Updated: 13/01/2014 15:20

Ross wind farm plans lodged as showcase staged to explain scheme

Clark Crosbie: Hoping for good local interest
Clark Crosbie: Hoping for good local interest

PLANS for a five-turbine windfarm at Woodlands Farm near Dingwall have been submitted with Highland Council planners.

And exhibitions on the proposal by ABO Wind UK Ltd have been arranged in three local communities to allow the public to see details of the plan.

On view at the events – on Monday at Findon Hall, Culbokie, 1pm - 6pm; Tuesday at the Diamond Jubilee Hall, Evanton, 2pm - 7pm; and Wednesday at the National Hotel, Dingwall, 2pm - 7pm – will be the company’s detailed environmental statement for the project.

This is the latest stage of a consultation programme, which included an earlier round of public exhibitions last October.

The development site is on the eastern slopes of Cnoc a’ Bhreacaich where, says ABO Wind, the geography means that the nearby hills of Cnoc Mhàbairn, Cnoc Tigh an Fhirich and Cnoc Ravoch combine with the more mountainous landscape to the north to create a hollow in the landform, relatively well screened from the wider landscape.

About three kilometres north of Dingwall and six kilometres south-west of Evanton, the location is in the top rated “Stage Three Areas - Areas of Search” for the siting of wind energy developments, as identified by the Highland Council.

Clark Crosbie, ABO Wind’s project manager, said, “These exhibitions provide the opportunity for people to view how we put together the final application to the Highland Council, and we hope there will be good local interest.”

A further period of consultation will now take place with interested parties having the opportunity to formally submit their views to the council.

Copies of the environmental statement are also available for the public to view at the Service Point, Ross House, Dingwall; Council Headquarters, Inverness; and at the Planning Office, Drummuie, Golspie.

It is also available to view and download from the Highland Council’s ePlanning website: http:

/wam.highland.gov.uk , using the application number 13/04703/FUL.

Earlier this year, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing opened ABO Wind’s Highland base in Inverness, as the company revealed plans to invest around £390 million in five wind farm proposals for the Highlands over the next three years.

Woodlands wind farm is the first of these new projects. ABO Wind has already developed in the Highlands, with three turbines near Lairg, fully operational since January 2012.

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