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Stornoway Community Council seeks residents views on the proposed ‘Stornoway Wind Farm’ as part of Government consultation

The Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit has extended the consultation period for the proposed Stornoway Wind Farm until March 4th to allow people to make their views known, as part of the planning process. Stornoway Community Council are seeking the views of residents so we can make a submission to the consultation in our capacity as a statutory consultee. We will pass on all the views we receive to the Energy Consents Unit, be they positive or negative.  

The consultation is about the Section 36 application for the proposed Stornoway Wind Farm, which would consist of 33 turbines at heights of up to 180 metres across the Pentland moor from near the Harris road to near Newmarket.

The planning report submitted to the Comhairle on February 2nd highlighted some major issues regarding the visual impact on Stornoway, such as this opinion from the Comhairle’s own landscape consultant:

A key concern is the proximity of the proposed development to Stornoway and the significant adverse effects likely to arise on the appreciation of the town and its intimately scaled and richly diverse landscape setting from the sea…”

Stornoway Community Council have created a Survey Monkey facility on the inquiry question.

For more information about the development and its impacts:

The Comhairle nan Eilean landscape report is available online at (see pages 5 to 9):

The Council’s main planning report is available at:

The video of the Council’s meeting where the planning officials gave a detailed presentation on the project (including images of what it will look like) is available on YouTube (from 30 mins to 1hr 40 mins) and also worth looking at:

If you have concerns, you can request a public local inquiry.

Scottish Ministers have the power to commission a public local inquiry before they make a final decision on a planning application. This would allow more discussion and analysis of the issues. You can add your voice to the call for a local inquiry by emailing us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. no later than February 28th. We will pass on all the views we receive to the Energy Consents Unit as part of our consultation response.

Stornoway Community Council