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Berry Burn Extension
Berry Burn Wind Farm has been operating since 2014, and consist of 29 turbines. In a typical year it generates electricity equivalent to the needs of 47,000 homes. To date the wind farm has delivered over £1.3 million to over 100 local groups and initiatives via the Community Benefit Fund.
An application was submitted to extend the existing wind farm by 9 turbines. In March 2021 the Moray Council Planning Committee voted not to object to the proposed extension. In December 2021 consent was received by the Ministers of the Scottish Government.
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The project team
Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)
Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning (12 - 18 months)
We request the view of Scottish Government and Moray Council on the level of study required (known as "Scoping"). Sometimes an application for a Met Mast is submitted to measure site wind speed.
A project evolves, taking information from site studies and engagement with the public, and statutory consultees.
Stage 3: Submit Planning Application, and Decision (12 months)
An application is submitted to the Scottish Government, accompanied by a comprehensive Environmental Report showing the results of all studies undertaken. This is publicly available information.
Interested parties and statutory consultees such as Moray Council can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Pre Construction (12 months)
If approved, there is a minimum one year gap before construction.
During this period the pre-construction planning conditions are signed off by the local authority and procurement of the turbines and other contracts takes place. It is during this phase that the details of the community benefit fund is discussed with the community.
Stage 5: Construction (12 - 18 months)
Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction such as hours of construction and delivery times.
Stage 6: Operation (25+ years)
The turbines are managed from an on-site maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
A community fund is active throughout, for worthwhile community initiatives.
Stage 7: Decommissioning (12 months)
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