Craig Watch Wind Farm
Craig Watch Wind Farm
We first announced our interest in developing a wind farm at this site in November 2020. In March 2021 we exhibited the project at its early stages, and since then we have listened to feedback to shape the development. The number of turbines has reduced from 16 to 11, removing the most visually prominent turbines and protecting peatland habitats. Our second exhibition was held in November to provide an update on current proposals ahead of submitting an application to the Scottish Government in June 2022.
You can view our planning submission to the Scottish Government here or on the Energy Consents Unit website at https://www.energyconsents.scot/ (Ref. ECU00002177). Comments on the submission should be made via the Energy Consents Unit website, where instructions for phone or postal submissions can also be found.
We have set up this website to continue a conversation with the local community as the project progresses - please ask us a question on the FAQ or give us a call on 0800 772 0668 to find out more about us and the project.
Get the latest updates and developments for Craig Watch Wind Farm, 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 local Councils on the level of study required (known as "Scoping").
Scoping is sent to local and neighbouring Community Councils and consultees such as NatureScot, SEPA and Historic Environment Scotland. 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 Report showing the results of all studies undertaken.
This is publicly available information and will be available on this project website. Interested parties and statutory consultees such as the local Councils can formally comment on the application.
Stage 4: Construction (12 - 18 months)
If Craig Watch 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 (33 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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