We take great care in the sensitive siting of our wind farms and in order to ensure that we deliver the right proposals for Sallachy, we have consulted widely with local residents.
In November 2010, we sent out a questionnaire to over 2,000 households living within 30km of the proposed site to gather their views. 49% of people said that they believe the proposed site is a good location for a wind farm. 25% were unsure and 25% were not in favour of the proposal.
We then held a public exhibition in Lairg Community Centre in August 2011, to provide updated information on the Sallachy Wind Farm proposal and the findings of our studies. This exhibition allowed us to consult closely with the local residents, and benefit from their further feedback.
In August 2012 we were delighted to sign an agreement with Creich, Lairg and Ardgay Community Councils with regards to a community benefit agreement which will be paid to them if a consent is granted by the Scottish Government.
Since 2012, we have been engaging the Community Council’s local to the Sallachy Wind Farm, notably Lairg Community Council, Creich Community Council and Ardgay and District Community Council.
Following our 2015 refusal, we returned to the wider Sutherland area and re-consulted the central communities alongside their respective development trusts, The Kyle of Sutherland Development Trust and the Lairg and District Community Initiatives.
Throughout discussions in 2018, it was agreed with Lairg Community Council, Creich Community Council and Ardgay and District Community Council to extend our Community Benefit and Community Ownership offers given the negative impact of wild land on the prospects for economic development across Sutherland to now include their neighbours in North West Sutherland:- Kinlochbervie Community Council, Durness Community Council and Scourie and District Community Council.
The full correspondence trail between WKN and SNH regarding Sallachy Wind Farm can be viewed below:
2 August 2012 – Letter from SNH to WKN
22 August 2012 – Response from WKN to SNH
8 October 2012 – Further response from WKN to SNH