Plans by local crofting townships on the Isle of Lewis for two new community wind farms to be built on the townships’ common grazing lands, have taken a new turn with initial planning documents being submitted to the Comhairle. Sandwick East Community Wind Farm and Melbost and Branahuie Community Wind Farm would be developed on two sites on the Pentland Road, outside of Stornoway, with 18 turbines generating up to 90 megawatts of electricity. But the plans are opposed by The Stornoway Trust, which already has consent for its own development of a major wind farm on the same site with multinational energy-giant, EDF. In September, the Grazings Committees of Melbost and Branahuie, Sandwick East Street, and Sandwick North Street lost their initial battle with The Stornoway Trust for use of the sites after the Crofting Commission sided with the Trust over rights to develop the land, concluding that success for the Townships’ in their application ‘would be detrimental to the interests of the Stornoway Trust’. The Trust and the Comhairle claim that the development they are backing with Lewis Wind Power would secure the best returns for local communities on the islands – claims disputed by the township developers. As part of the initial planning process, the Township developers are planning public consultation events on November 26th and 27th in Stornoway Town Hall prior to submitting full planning applications.
Stornoway Gazette 6th Nov 2018 read more »