Press Release: 17 November 2015
Responding to Scottish Ministers decision to refuse Sallachy Wind Farm, Oliver Patent, Head of Development UK, WKN said:
“We are deeply disappointed to learn of today’s decision by Scottish Ministers to refuse Sallachy Wind Farm. As a global operating company, we firmly believe that Scotland is among the best places to develop onshore wind and as such we have invested significantly into this project over the last five years.
“Our Sallachy project would have generated over 66MW of clean, renewable energy. It would have also represented an inward investment of over £100m and would have delivered, according to our socio economic report, £49m of economic benefit to Scotland.
“We have worked tirelessly to secure the support of The Highland Council, local communities and businesses in Sutherland. This culminated in a commitment to a community benefit agreement for Lairg, Creich and Ardgay & District worth up to £8.5 million over 25 years. In addition we supported a local apprenticeship scheme in conjunction with North Highland College UHI and developed a procurement strategy which would have actively favoured Highland based businesses.
“It is particularly frustrating to be refused on the basis of the revised Scottish Planning Policy (SPP) which was implemented in June 2014. Our application was submitted in 2011 and we secured the support of The Highland Council in May 2013, who decided to raise no objection to our application. The Council then reaffirmed their support following the implementation of SPP in November 2014. We feel the delay in determining our application by Scottish Ministers has led to this refusal decision which was avoidable.
“I would like to personally thank the communities in Sutherland and across the Highlands who have dedicated their time to supporting the project. We will now be considering our options.”