Consent to extend Berry Burn Wind Farm

We have received confirmation from the Energy Consents Unit (ECU) that the Berry Burn Extension planning application has been approved.

We would like to thank the many residents, stakeholders and community councils such as Heldon, Speyside and Finderne for their participation in the engagement process. Their honest feedback and guidance helped us to shape the project and improve it.

Senior Project Manager, Mícheál Ó Broin, said:

“We first started investigating the potential for an extension in early 2018. Almost four years from initial concept to consent may seem like a long time but is relatively quick for the UK market.

“The project is a 9 turbine extension to the east of the operational 66.7MW Berry Burn Wind Farm which was developed by Statkraft and has been operating since 2014.

“The feedback we received at the two community consultation events and on the ECU website demonstrated majority local support for the project and Moray Council voted not to object to our application when the Planning and Regulatory Services Committee met in April this year.

“It has been a constructive and informative process and we are extremely pleased to have had such an inclusive process that has proven successful. There are still many tasks to complete as we go prepare for construction phase, but we will continue to keep the community involved and updated.”

Jim Mountford, chair of Heldon Community Council said:

“We were involved from the very first stage and every level of consultation was spot on. Statkraft is a company that you can trust. They do what they say they will do.”

The earliest date for construction starting would be in 2023, and the wind farm could be operational around the end of 2024.

Project recap:

  • 9 turbines
  • 149.9m tip height
  • 4.2MW to 4.8MW turbines under consideration (total 37.8 – 43.2MW)
  • community benefit fund at £5,000 per MW installed
  • Incorporating extensive habitat restoration and enhancements following wild fire in 2019, including restoring 57ha of fire-damaged blanket bog and planting 20ha of mixed native woodland
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