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Oliver Forest Wind Farm
Oliver Forest Wind Farm
This is the Oliver Forest Wind Farm proposal main website which will be available throughout the full development period of the wind farm to provide an opportunity for local community members and other interested parties to contact us with questions and comments.
The proposed Oliver Forest Wind Farm is located in the Scottish Borders Council area approximately 12.5km to south of Broughton.
We submitted a Scoping Request to the Scottish Government at the end of 2022 to consider the potential for up to 10 turbines, with a maximum blade tip height of up to 250m and an installed capacity of up to 66MW.
We held our first public exhbitions for the project across February and March 2023. You can view the exhibition brochure under Project Documents. There will be further opportunities to view plans and provide your comments during the development stage of the proposal to help shape the final design.
This webpage will be kept updated as our proposals develop to keep you informed and to hear your views and ideas.
Get the latest updates and developments for the project, and feel free to contact us using the contact form.
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Stage 1: Site Selection (12 months)
Extensive research to identify suitable sites: positive indicators include good wind speed and minimal environmental and technical constraints.
No public engagement is carried out during this time because the site may not pass the criteria required for being suitable for development.
Stage 2: Pre-Planning (6 - 12 months)
We request the view of the Scottish Government and statutory consultees on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").
Scoping Report is sent to the Dumfries and Galloway Council, local and neighbouring Community Councils and consultees such as NatureScot, Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) and Historic Environment Scotland (HES).
At this stage, it is expected that our initial proposals will evolve, taking information from 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 Impact Assessment Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.
This is publicly available information and will be provided on this project website, once completed.
Interested parties and statutory consultees can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Construction (12 - 18 months)
If the Wind Farm is approved, construction begins at least one year after consent.
Construction typically takes 12-18 months and planning conditions are used to manage elements of construction.
Stage 5: Operation (40 years)
The turbines are managed from a regionally based maintenance team, and operations are controlled by detailed planning conditions.
We are committed to community benefit and shared ownership opportunities. A community fund is active throughout the lifetime of the project for worthwhile community initiatives.
Stage 6: Decommissioning (12 months)
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