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December 24 2008

New operator to take over shut Arnish yard



November 26 2008

Wind project hits a hurdle in Scotland



November 14 and 18

COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR PUBLIC WORKSHOP:
SUPPLEMENTARY PLANNING GUIDANCE FOR WINDFARMS OVER 20MW

CNES is currently preparing Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG) for large scale windfarms (>20MW) in the Western Isles as required by the Scottish Government and set out in Scottish Planning Policy 6.

Two public workshops will be held prior to formal consultation to introduce the requirements of the SPG and to explore the considerations which will determine the policy approach taken.  These workshops are planned for:

Balivanich Community Hall 7-9pm Friday 14th November
Stornoway Caladh Inn, Garry suite, 7-9pm Tuesday 18th November.

The workshops are open to all members of the public.

October 25 2008

Scottish and southern energy have submitted their planning application to build the transmission line between Gravir and Beauly.


Plans officially lodged for giant Lewis  energy cable


Scottish and Southern Energy Press Release


Scottish and Southern Energy Non-technical summary





UPDATE 24/10/2008  

WESTERN ISLES TRANSMISSION SYSTEM UPGRADES

Scottish and Southern Energy have submitted their planning application to build the transmission line between Gravir and Beauly.



MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
An Inquiry to examine the impact of the Muaitheabhal Windfarm on the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area was held Caladh Inn, James Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis between the 13th and 27 of May 2008.  The Reporter is expected to publish her recommendation in autumn 2008.

Closing Submissions will be published on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website as they are submitted:


FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
Section 75 agreements required to allow the Feiriosbhal windfarm to proceed have now been concluded - see below for media coverage. Previously the Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decided to approve 13 of the 16 turbines in the north east sector of the BMP Ltd application on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis. The Scottish government announced that they would not be calling in the application, leaving the Local authority to proceed with the consents procedure.

PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE
A application by SSE PLC to build a 205MW windfarm on Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis, was put before Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2007.  It was decided to recommend that the Scottish Ministers approve only 26 of turbines.  It is understood that SSE will be submitting a revised application in 2008.

LEWIS WINDFARM, BARVAS MOOR - REFUSED 2008



September 17 2008

Demand for fairer charges to electricity network


September 16 2008

        Connecting the Scottish Islands - OFGEM Update


September 11 2008

Giant-windfarm electrical grid to cross Lochs   


September 10 2008

Airport objects to community windfarm


HIAL Objection to Point Power application


August 29 2008

Gravir villagers hold showdown against energy cable  


August 28 2008

Gravir villagers face SSE over giant convertor station


August 27 2008

New opportunity to build large windfarms on North Lewis


August 27 2008

Enterprise minister says energy crucial to isles' economic future


August 26 2008

MSP highlights threat against isles’ giant windfarms


August 25 2008

Community Renewable Energy Grants, £750,000 Available To Eligible Groups


Cash available to set up community energy schemes


August 8 2008

Villagers up in arms over Lewis to mainland power cable proposal


August 4 2008

Opposition to building sub-sea energy cable in Pairc



UPDATE 24/07/2008  

WESTERN ISLES TRANSMISSION SYSTEM UPGRADES

Residents in Gravir, Pairc have received a letter from SSE informing them that the company will be proeeding with their proposals to apply for the sub-sea cable landing in the village.  SSE will also consider providing a pavement and street lighting in the village.

MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
An Inquiry to examine the impact of the Muaitheabhal Windfarm on the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area was held Caladh Inn, James Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis between the 13th and 27 of May 2008.  The Reporter is expected to publish her recommendation in autumn 2008.

Closing Submissions will be published on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website as they are submitted:


FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
Section 75 agreements required to allow the Feiriosbhal windfarm to proceed have now been concluded - see below for media coverage. Previously the Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decided to approve 13 of the 16 turbines in the north east sector of the BMP Ltd application on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis. The Scottish government announced that they would not be calling in the application, leaving the Local authority to proceed with the consents procedure.

PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE
A application by SSE PLC to build a 205MW windfarm on Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis, was put before Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2007.  It was decided to recommend that the Scottish Ministers approve only 26 of turbines.  It is understood that SSE will be submitting a revised application in 2008.

LEWIS WINDFARM, BARVAS MOOR - REFUSED 2008



July 24 2008

Isles first major wind farm gets final permission


Three Eishken estate community benefit deals made legal


Windfarm Agreement Signed

July 14 2008

Isles first major wind farm gets final permission


Three Eishken estate community benefit deals made legal


Windfarm Agreement Signed





July 14 2008

Plans shape up for  Gravir energy  cable         


Amec to sell off Lewis wind farm      


July 13 2008

Scottish & Southern Energy bid for Irish Energia


"Amec, meanwhile, has put its wind-farm unit up for sale, heralding an ignominious end to the engineering group’s eight-year effort to build itself into one of the industry’s top players."

June 11 2008

First major wind farm for Lewis gets go-ahead  


Major marine wind farm proposal for Western Isles


UPDATE 09/07/2008  

WESTERN ISLES TRANSMISSION SYSTEM UPGRADES

Residents in Gravir, Pairc have received a letter from SSE informing them that the company will be proeeding with their proposals to apply for the sub-sea cable landing in the village.  SSE will also consider providing a pavement and street lighting in the village.

MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
An Inquiry to examine the impact of the Muaitheabhal Windfarm on the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area was held Caladh Inn, James Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis between the 13th and 27 of May 2008.  The Reporter is expected to publish her recommendation in autumn 2008.

Closing Submissions will be published on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website as they are submitted:


FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
Previously the Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decided to approve 13 of the 16 turbines in the north east sector of the BMP Ltd application on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis. The Scottish government have announced that they will not be calling in the application, leaving the Local authority to proceed with the consents procedure.

PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE
A application by SSE PLC to build a 205MW windfarm on Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis, was put before Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2007.  It was decided to recommend that the Scottish Ministers approve only 26 of turbines.  It is understood that SSE will be submitting a revised application in 2008.

LEWIS WINDFARM, BARVAS MOOR - REFUSED 2008



UPDATE 29/05/2008  


MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
An Inquiry to examine the impact of the Muaitheabhal Windfarm on the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area was held Caladh Inn, James Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis between the 13th and 27 of May 2008.  The Reporter is expected to publish her recommendation in autumn 2008.

Closing Submissions will be published on the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar website as they are submitted:


FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM, EISHKEN ESTATE (Important Bird Area UK244)
The Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have decided to approve 13 of the 16 turbines in the BMP Ltd application to build the  Feiriosbhal windfarm on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis.

PAIRC WINDFARM, PAIRC ESTATE
A applicationby SSE PLC to build a 205MW windfarm on Pairc Estate, Isle of Lewis, was put before Comhairle nan Eilean Siar in 2007.  It was decided to recommend that the Scottish Ministers approve only 26 of turbines.  It is understood that SSE will be submitting a revised application in 2008.

LEWIS WINDFARM, BARVAS MOOR - REFUSED 2008


Wind farms could be moored off Scotland



May 28 2008

Turbines cast shadow over druids' lunar festival


Druids fear shadow will be cast over view of 'birth of the Moon'


May 25 2008

Result of wind farm inquiry is delayed      


May 22 2008

Lochs windfarm trustee refutes “divisive monster threat”


Community trustees installed by developer   


Eishken wind farm has a “robust case” to proceed         


Wind farms in Western Isles are 'uneconomic' claim



May 21 2008

16 turbine proposal would gain SNH support


Wind farm councillor will pay her own legal fees


May 20 2008

Eishken wind farm supported on its own merits


Council economist notes wind farm answers  


May 19 2008

Wind farm witnesses in “£ 20,000 lawyer” row



May 18 2008

North Harris Trust opposes Eishken wind farm



May 16 2008
Eishken windfarm inquiry enters fourth day


David verus Goliath at wind farm inquiry  


May 15 2008

MWT quizzed at wind farm inquiry  


Scottish Government - Western Isles Economy (Wind Farms) Column 8689

7. Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what additional investment plans it has for the Western Isles economy following its rejection of the proposed Lewis wind farm planning application. (S3O-3355)


May 14 2008


Eishken’s advisors disagree on negative impact


Council blunder over wrong wind farm


Wind farm 'would destroy landmark view'


Wind farm inquiry opens amid fears for future of standing stones



May 13 2008

Wind farm public inquiry opens in Stornoway  


 Lewis wind turbine inquiry opens




UPDATE 13/05/2008 - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY

An Inquiry to examine the impact of the Muaiatheabhal Windfarm on the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area is currently being held at the Caladh Inn, James Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis.

Provisional timetable for witnesses is as follows but may vary depending on the length of cross examinations:

Tuesday 13:
Mr Donoghue and Mr Mackay for BMP - economics and national importance
Wednesday 14:
Mr Rodin for BMP - Landscape
Thursday 15:
Continue Mr Rodin for BMP - Landscape
Mr Stewart for BMP until 3.30pm - Planning and national importance
Ms Catriona Campbell for MWT - 4.30 until 7.00pm
Friday 16:
Mr Stewart for BMP - Planning and national importance
Mr Mcpherson, North Harris Trust against BMP
John Mayhew, John Muir Trust against BMP
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for BMP
Monday 19:
Comhairle nan Eilean Siar for BMP
3rd party supporters evidence, including Muaitheabhl Community Windfarm Trust, Erisort Trust, Initiative at the Edge, Cllr Philiip Maclean, Cllr Annie Macdonald
Mr Randall evidence - general information regarding recent population statistics
Mr Mathew evidence
Proffessor Bain, John Muir Trust against BMP
Possible Ms McDade and Mr Blunt, John Muir Trust against BMP
Tuesday 20
Mr Martin, Aline Estate against BMP
Continue John Muir Trust against BMP
3rd party objecors including Ms Starmore, Mr McHardy, Ms Smith, Mr Mac An Ultaigh
Mr Anderson, Scottish Natural Hertage against BMP
Wednesday 21
Complete Mr Anderson if required
Mr Band, Scottish Natural Hertage against BMP
Thursday 22
Closing submissions


If you require information about the Inqury please contact:



Telephone: 01324 696 452

Fax: 01324 696 444

UPDATE 20/02/2008 - FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM (16 Turbine sub-set)

The Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have decided to approve the  BMP Ltd application to build the Feiriosbhal windfarm on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis (the Pairc Important Bird Area UK244).




April 23 2008

Unique Lewis wave power scheme  
 

Next step for wave power scheme


MSP wants economic aid after windfarm refusal


Reaction to windfarm refusal





LEWIS -THE 40 MILE WINDFARM ?

Should they gain consent, the three windfarm planning applications currently under consideration would see turbines, roads, quarries, transmission lines and other infrastructure stretching almost continuously for around 40 miles across the Lewis moorland (see 'Lewis Windfarm Map'). Individually and in combination these are some of the most environmentally damaging and unnecessary industrial developments currently proposed in the UK threatening internationally important populations of protected species and peatlands.

The majority of land where the windfarms are proposed is currently occupied under tennancy by hundreds of Lewis crofters over 700 of whom have already formally stated their intention to resist any attempt by the developers to gain possession of the land. In addition over 16,000 objections have been sent to the Scottish Government regarding the proposals from home and abroad and the numbers are still increasing. On the island out of 26 measures of public opinion ranging from village ballots to MORI polls not one has recorded majority support.

For more information please go to Lewis Windfarms Overview which provides a summary of the issues, or the project pages which can be found in the left menu bar.

Please help us fight to save the Lewis moorland and make sure that the new Scottish Government is aware of the strength of opposition to these proposals.


CAMPAIGN INFORMATION DOWNLOADS

Even if you have objected already please download an objection to all three windfarms (Lewis Wind Farm, Pairc Wind Farm, Muaitheabhal Wind Farm) and send it to the Scottish Executive. Two posters are also available for display, if you would like a laminated version, please send your address to: mwt@semantise.com



Pro-forma objection letter to the 40 mile windfarm: 40 Mileob.pdf  or: 40 Mileob.doc

Poster Downloads:






April 22 2008

Lewis could look to Shetland


Lewis wind farm rejected by Scottish MPs


SNP rejects 181-turbine Lewis wind farm


Calm returns after ill wind blows – leaving isles community split


SNP energy policy faces backlash as wind farm on Lewis rejected


Lewis wind farm vetoed – but green target 'will still be met'


Biggest onshore wind farm plan rejected


Endangered birds come first: Scottish ministers say no to huge wind farm on Lewis peatland


April 21 2008

LEWIS WIND POWER HAVE BEEN REFUSED !


UPDATE 21/04/2008 - LEWIS WIND POWER REFUSAL

Scottish Government Press Release




UPDATE 21/04/2008 - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY

An Inquiry to examine the impact of the Muaiatheabhal Windfarm on the South Lewis, Harris and North Uist National Scenic Area is to start on May 13 2008.  It will be held in the Caladh Inn, James Street Stornoway Isle of Lewis.

The DPEA has not issued invites to people who have submitted representations but asked for their personal details to be withheld.  The Reporter, Miss Janet McNair explained that the Inquiry would be advertised in due course and people wishing to participate would be asked to register their interest prior to a dealine provided in the advertisment.

If you submitted a confidential representation in respect of the Muaitheabhal application, and wish to particpate in the Public Inquiry. Please contact Emma Butler at the Scottish Executive DPEA.


Telephone: 01324 696 452

Fax: 01324 696 444

UPDATE 20/02/2008 - FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM (16 Turbine sub-set)

The Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have decided to approve the  BMP Ltd application to build the Feiriosbhal windfarm on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis (the Pairc Important Bird Area UK244).




Council slams government over wind farm decision


Wind farm opponents welcome LWP knock-back


Council is deeply disappointed over wind farm planning failure

LLewis Windfarm decision (CNES Press Release)


Massive wind energy plan refused


MSP says islands should move on after Lewis wind farm refusal  


Final decision on Lewis wind farm confirmed  


Lewis Wind Power is disappointed over wind farm rejection  


Amec wind farm rejected


Lewis Wind Farm refused


Politicians comment on Wind Farm decision


Wind farm refused (including LWP statement)


Giant wind farm final decision expected later       


April 18 2008

Giant wind farm final decision expected later       


UPDATE 21/04/2008 - LEWIS WIND POWER DECISION

It is understood that the Scottish Government will be making an anouncemnt on the Lewis Wind Power application today. The following link is to the Government news desk and we will be updating the site as news comes in.





March 28 2008

Community wind farm plans on display


March 27 2008

Wind Farm decision in days


Stornoway Gazette Web Poll:  To vote go to bottom right in any article online.

Do you think there was a fair enough balance to the debate at the recent Energy Summit?

March 26 2008

Community wind farm plans on public display   


March 24 2008


Windfarm salvage plan could be doomed  


March 19 2008

Council slams windfarm campaigners opposed to change  


March 18 2008

Council have back-up plan


March 17 2008

Fresh proposal to build new “replacement” wind farm on Lewis moor  


Island wind farms to be compatible with environment says energy minister


Windfarm rejection hint  


Anti-giant wind farm protestors pull out of council’s energy conference  


Suspicions  that summit skewed towards giant windfarm


Harnessing Renewable Energy - Scottish Government Press Release

"The vast renewable energy resource in the Western lsles must be properly harnessed, Jim Mather said today. The Energy Minister today announced a study to examine how to derive economic and community benefit from renewable energy developments, while respecting environmental obligations..."


March 14 2008

Hydro power for Harris


Natural beauty could make Harris a National Park


March 13 2008

Proposal to make North Harris a National Park


As Energy Summit approaches, developers hope for positive news


March 12 2008

Parliamentary Questions: David Stewart (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive whether it will publish the bird impact predictions by Scottish Natural Heritage, or other advisers to the Scottish Government, for the Lewis wind farm application, set out quantitatively by bird species and assessed against the threshold that they apply for damage to the integrity of the Special Protection Areas, as required by law.



March 2008 NEW GOVERNMENT REPORT - The Economic Impacts of Wind Farms on Scottish Tourism


The official press release accompanying publication of the new tourism report does not provide an indication of serious issues that the study raises, including potentially serious damage to some local tourism operators in areas where windfarms are proposed.  We recommend at least reading the Executive Summary in order to gain a better perspective on this research. (See in Archive section for press coverage)


Scottish Government Press Release


Wind farms 'could drive away tourists and mean big job losses'


Wind farms could hit tourist jobs



March 10 2008

Protesters boycott “post-mortem” for Lewis wind farm


Comhairle nan Eilean Siar proposed  agenda


Minister urged to clarify position on giant windfarm




UPDATE 07/03/2008 - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY - Pre-inquiry meeting

The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) held a Pre-Inquiry Meeting on Friday 7th March 2008 at the Caladh Inn, James Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis. This was attended by Beinn Mhor Power Ltd (applicant), Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (supporting the proposal) and Scottish Natural Heritage (objecting to the proposal), other groups present included Muaitheabhal Community Windfarm Trust (support), Initiative at the Edge (support), John Muir Trust (object) and MWT (object). Members of the public were also present and a number of people who had written to the DPEA were also acknowledged.

It is anticipated that the Inquiry will commence on the 13th May 2008.  Details will be provided by the DPEA in due course.

The DPEA has not issued invites to people who have submitted representations but asked for their personal details to be withheld.  The Reporter, Miss Janet McNair explained that the Inquiry would be advertised in due course and people wishing to participate would be asked to register their interest prior to a dealine provided in the advertisment.

If you submitted a confidential representation in respect of the Muaitheabhal application, and wish to particpate in the Public Inquiry. Please contact Emma Butler at the Scottish Executive DPEA.


Telephone: 01324 696 452

Fax: 01324 696 444

UPDATE 20/02/2008 - FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM (16 Turbine sub-set)

The Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have decided to approve the  BMP Ltd application to build the Feiriosbhal windfarm on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis (the Pairc Important Bird Area UK244).

March 7 2008

May date set for Eishken wind farm public inquiry


Scottish Parliament Questions and Answers

Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the strengths of the economy of the Western Isles at the present time.....

Scottish Ministers answer questions on the economy of the Western Isles - scroll down to 'Economy' Section:



March 6 2008

Scottish Parliament Written Answers

See following sections: Ferry Services, Ministerial Meetings (Mather and B.E.), Renewable Energy (Ornithology and LWP), Special Areas of Conservation (Interpretation of Directives), Tourism (WI employment 2006 = 900)


March 6 2008

Peter Peacock (Highlands and Islands) (Lab): To ask the Scottish Executive what it considers to be the strengths of the economy of the Western Isles at the present time.....

Scottish Ministers answer questions on the economy of the Western Isles - scroll down to 'Economy' Section:


March 5 2008

Time to air objections




UPDATE 04/03/2008 - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY

The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) are holding a Pre-Inquiry Meeting on Friday 7th March 2008 at the Caladh Inn, James Street, Stornoway, Isle of Lewis.

The DPEA has not issued invites to people who have submitted representations but asked for their personal details to be withheld.  Media articles report that this is because the Energy Consents Unit, to which representations were sent claim that it is not legal for them to pass on objectors contact details to another government department.  The basis for this is currently unclear but is under investigation.

However, if you submitted a confidential representation in respect of the Muaitheabhal application, you are still eligible to particpate in the Public Inquiry.  Hebrides News reports: "A Scottish Government spokesman said that people could still belatedly ask to lift their confidentiality request: "People could be added to the list if they want to. They are more than welcome to come along to the pre-inquiry meeting on Friday."

For further information please contact Emma Butler at the Scottish Executive DPEA.

emma.butler@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 01324 696 452

Fax: 01324 696 444



March 4 2008

Objectors to Eishken Wind Farm could be excluded from Public enquiry


Confidentiality request sidelines wind farm objectors


Windfarm objectors could miss inquiry



March 3 2008

Wind farm objectors excluded from public inquiry


March 2 2008

All this box ticking (in Scotland) has nothing to do with democracy



March 1 2008

Energy partnership -  Letter David Martin MEP


Lammermuirs' wild beauty 'at risk from wind farms'



February 29 2008

Letters  - Press and Journal




February 25 2008

Crofters could be same as Maoris



Why does it take so long?


Trumptown and giant pylons among big deals in balance


February 24 2008
Record number of wind farm projects rejected


Gridlocked: Our Future


February 23 2008

Eishken "nasty" wind farm decision goes to Scottish Government


Turbine explosion in Denmark yesterday

(Extremely dramatic video footage of a turbine out of control, spinning to destruction)




UPDATE 21/02/2008 - FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM (16 Turbine sub-set)

The Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have decided to approve the  BMP Ltd application to build the Feiriosbhal windfarm on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis (the Pairc Important Bird Area UK244).

February 20 2008

Eishken wind farm approved by Western Isles councillors


Eishken wind farm scheme approved


Major wind farm scheme approved


LEGAL ACTION WARNING OVER WINDFARM


Council warned of legal action over windfarm


EU criticism goes to heart of Lewis windfarm row


Support for Lewis Wind Farm


Lewis Wind Power welcomes development agency backing


Isles development agency urges U-turn on wind farm refusal


Letter from Chairman of Highlands and Islands Enterprise Innse Gall (HIE Outer Hebrides) lobbying for LWP




UPDATE 20/02/2008 - FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM (16 Turbine sub-set)

The Environment and Protective Services Committee of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have decided to approve the  BMP Ltd application to build the Feiriosbhal windfarm on the Eishken Estate in south east Lewis (the Pairc Important Bird Area UK244).  It is not clear whether this is for the 16 turbines applied for, or 13 as recommended by the CNES Planning Officers. The decision will go before the full council tomorrow (Thursday)

UPDATE 20/02/2008 - IMPORTANT - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY

The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) are currently issuing new notifications for the Pre-Inquiry meeting.  All people who have submitted representations to the Muaitheabhal Windfarm should receive one over the next few days.  If you do not please contact Emma Butler at the DPEA.

emma.butler@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 01324 696 452

Fax: 01324 696 444



February 19 2008

Long delayed Harris wind farm eventually gets official approval


Green light for crofters' wind-farm plan


Why should Scotland pay the price of England's renewable-energy deficit?

February 18 2008

Talks continue over Lewis wind farm final decision   


February 17 2008

Controversial wind farm at Eishken set to be approved within days



UPDATE 16/02/2008 - FEIRIOSBHAL WINDFARM (16 Turbine sub-set)

On Wednesday and Thursday this week, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar will decide on the BMP application for the 16 turbine sub-set, known as Feiriosbhal.  It is understood that the reports recommend approval of the proposal


February 16 2008

Lewis wind farm would be refused anywhere in Europe - RSPB


Wind farm developer submits final bid to ministers


Final plea over plans for biggest wind farm in Europe


February 15 2008

Windfarm compromise appeal


Compromise planning permission request for Lewis wind farm


Business lobby must not be allowed to judge environmental legislation


February 14 2008

Wind farm discussions 'constructive'


'Scotland must keep nuclear in mind'


British Energy surges on positive reaction


Open spaces open doors to tourism jobs


Last-ditch attempt to wind windfarm backing

www.thisisnorthscotland.co.uk/displayNode.jsp?nodeId=149212&command=displayContent&sourceNode=150624&contentPK=19859349&folderPk=85744&pNodeId=150607



February 13 2008

British Energy doesn't rule out further wind farm developments in UK - CEO


Interpretation of habitats directives raised in Europe


Wind farm rejection growth fears


Interpretation of Directives Raised In Europe


One source of energy that abounds on Lewis: hot air


Few realise many wind farms approved but not yet appeared


For peat's sake, stop these wind farms before they do real harm (struan Stevenson MEP)





February 12 2008 -

BBC News 24 are broadcasting from Lewis with regular interviews and on-island footage

'TV star' flies into the Western Isles (White-tailed Sea Eagles on Pairc Estate)


Lewis Wind Power positive after meeting with government officials


Lewis Windpower gives Government with new information  


Lewis Windpower challenges windfarm refusal with Government


Majority of islanders opposed to Lewis wind farm proposals


Firm makes case for turbine plans


Alternative take: David Martin MEP on the Lewis windfarm



February 11 2008 -

Call to change law to favour climate change developments on designated land


Majority of islanders opposed to Lewis wind farm proposals


Decision on wind farm is best left to islanders (Letter from Convener and Vice-Convener)


February 09 2008 -

That's way the wind blows


Perchance to dream



February 08 2008 -

SNP fallout over Lewis wind farm row


Government urged to meet grass roots island communities over Lewis windfarm


Energy experts criticise Lewis Windfarm plans


Scrapping Lewis Wind Farm plan would save money


Former ScottishPower chair attacks Lewis wind farm plan


Alternative take: ANGUS CAMPBELL, VICE CONVENER OF COMHAIRLE NAN EILEAN SIAR, ON THE WIND FARM


Consumers will pay the price of Lewis wind firm's failure to do its sums


WESTERN ISLES COUNCILLORS MEET MINISTER TO MAKE WINDFARM PLEA







UPDATE 07/02/2008 - IMPORTANT - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY


Latest: It has been reported in the media that the pre-inquiry meeting has been rescheduled to the 7th of March and that 2,900 objectors will be informed (see February 6th and 7th articles)




February 07 2008 -


Comhairle takes wind farm case to Scottish Parliament


Comhairle Meets With Economy, Energy and Tourism Convener


Will the government be making the right decision if the Lewis Windfarm is rejected?

A massive wind farm on Lewis makes no sense


Failure to invite objectors halts wind-farm meeting


British Energy chief blasts Scots policy as 'contradictory'



February 06 2008 -

New date for Eisgein wind farm public inquiry


Highlands agency hosts climate change workshop


Eisgein wind farm inquiry blunder  


Lewis wind-farm decision illustrates renewables do have a cost


Wind power: so much hot air


Alternative take


Greens in a muddle over strength of local voice on Lewis wind farm project



February 05 2008 -
Bid to ease wildlife rules to allow development of £500m Lewis wind farm


Island officials hope to salvage wind farm bid

www.theherald.co.uk/search/display.var.2018130.0.island_officials_hope_to_salvage_wind_farm_bid.php

£500m project offers jobs and income (corrected article)




UPDATE 04/02/2008 - LEWIS WIND POWER DECISION CLARIFICATION

Monday 4 February - CNES have met to discuss the LWP application - relevant reports to committee below:


Download a copy of the Letter sent by the Scottish Government to Lewis Wind Power below (pdf):



Lewis Wind Power (LWP) have been informed that the Scottish Ministers are minded to refuse their application to build a 181 turbine windfarm on the Barvas Moor (Lewis Peatlands SPA).  It is understood that LWP now have an interval during which they may submit any additional material information relating to the application before a final decision is made.  The Scottish Government issued the following statement on the 25 January 2008.

Lewis Wind Farm 25/01/2008

The Lewis wind farm application is currently under consideration by Scottish Ministers. Due to a large amount of speculation about the progress of the application and when a decision will be announced, it is worth noting that no final decision has been taken and Ministers are working towards finalising and announcing a decision in the near future.




February 04 2008 -

Europe 'surprised and dismayed' at windfarm decision


Council to try and salvage Lewis wind farm project  (STV Video)


Western Isles Council  protests over wind farm refusal


Scotland’s business leaders back Lewis Windpower plans


£500m project offers jobs and income


Biggest £½bn wind farm 'must go ahead'


Principles and priorities (Letter)


Wind farm is vital for our economic future


Christopher Booker's Notebook (2nd item)



February 03 2008 -

Tourist Gambit





UPDATE 02/02/2008 - IMPORTANT - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY

It has been reported in the P&J that the Preliminary meeting for the Muaitheabhal windfarm has now been postponed following the mix-up in notifying potential witnesses.






February 02 - Saturday -

TIME CONCERN SEES INQUIRY POSTPONED (BMP PLI)


War of words over wind power (LWP letters)



February 01 - Friday Media

P&J Letter (LWP)


January 31-Thursday media

Eisgein wind farm inquiry set to be postponed (BMP) 


Eisgein wind farm public inquiry starts in seven days (BMP)


Council calls official special meeting over wind farm refusal (LWP)


Scotland to lead the way in tackling climate change  (LWP)


Windfarm benefit for all (letter re LWP)




30/01/2008 IMPORTANT - MUAITHEABHAL WINDFARM PUBLIC INQUIRY

The Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals (DPEA) have issued letters dated 22 January 2008, informing that a Public Inquiry will be held  for the 53 turbine Muaitheabhal Windfarm on the Eishken Estate, Pairc Peninsula Isles of Lewis. A pre-inquiry meeting will be held on the 7th February at 2.15pm in the Garry Room of the Caladh Hotel, James Street, Stornoway.  The letter requests that if you wish to attend the meeting you should reply within 7 days, and if you wish to  participate in the full inquiry it states:

"If you intend to give evidence at the inquiry, it is essential that you write to this office within 14~days of the date of this letter"

IMPORTANT: It is being brought to our attention by an increasing number of Lewis and mainland residents that they have not received this letter although they have submitted an objection to the Muaitheabhal proposal.  It is currently unclear what has happened.  However if this has happened to you we strongly suggest that in the first instance you contact the DPEA, preferably in writing and inform them that you have not received notification. The contact we have been given is:   

emma.butler@scotland.gsi.gov.uk

Telephone: 01324 696 452

Fax: 01324 696 444

We would also be grateful if you would be willing to notify the Moorland without Turbines committee in order that we have some idea of the number of people affected.  

mwt@semantise.com

All personal details will be kept strictly in confidence.



January 30 - Wednesday Media

A positive development in a desolate place



January 29 2008 - Tuesday Media:

Stornoway Trust hope to rescue the Lewis wind farm  


Turbines have no place in our beautiful natural scenery


Battle for Lewis wind farm plan to be taken to Europe


Government has environmental and legal duty to block Lewis wind farm



January 28 2008- Monday Media:

INTERVIEW Lewis wind farm developers could settle for smaller project - director


British Wind Energy Association says Lewis wind farm needs to go ahead


First Minister told refusal of Lewis Windpower is “wrong decision” (Convener's letter)


Council seeks postponement for final wind farm decision


Western Isles wind farms cannot take on such energy requirements


Salmond asked to rescue wind farm bid, Herald, 28 Jan 08


Government to be applauded over decision


Windfarm supporters take case to Salmond


Comhairle sets out Strategy



January 27 2008 - Sunday Media:

Plea to first minister over wind farm


Angus Nicholson Blog



January 26 2008 - Saturdays media coverage of LWP proceedings:

Council holds urgent meeting over windfarm refusal


Plans to reject Lewis wind farm receive mixed response (Video comment from MSP and A Nicholson):


An island divided: the battle over plans to build a giant wind farm:  


Europe’s largest wind farm set to be blocked by ministers:


Turbines turned down:


Windfarms do more harm than good:


Lewis Windpower still pursuing giant Lewis wind farm:


Lewis Windpower has three weeks to challenge wind farm refusal:


Wind farm plan is blown off course


March of the wind farm in doubt on a divided island:


Clean energy targets 'will not be met if Lewis plan rejected':


Government has duty to back wind-farm project:


Wind farm offers hope:




LEWIS WIND POWER DECISION CLARIFICATION


January 25 2008 - It is being widely reported that the Scottish Ministers have refused the Lewis Wind Power application to build a 181 turbine windfarm on Barvas Moor / Lewis Peatlands SPA.  Meanwhile the Scottish Executive has issued the following statement (Friday 25 January 2008):


Lewis Wind Farm 25/01/2008

The Lewis wind farm application is currently under consideration by Scottish Ministers. Due to a large amount of speculation about the progress of the application and when a decision will be announced, it is worth noting that no final decision has been taken and Ministers are working towards finalising and announcing a decision in the near future.



It is our understanding that the Ministers may have written to LWP and other bodies giving notice that currently they are minded to refuse the application, but giving the developer the opportunity to respond with any additional material issuesthat they feel should be considered.  More as is comes in !


Coverage of Lewis Wind Power decision:













January 24 2008 - SSE have admitted that they will be submitting a revised application for a windfarm on the Pairc Estate.



January 11 2008 - Speaking on Riddoch Questions (Radio Scotland) today, Minister Jim Mather stated that a decision on the Lewis Wind Power proposal would be announced before the end of the month.


2007


December 13 2007 - The full council of Comhairle nan Eilean Siar have agreed to make the following recommendations regarding the SSE Plc proposal to build a 205 MW windfarm on Pairc Estate.


a) the Comhairle express to the Scottish Government its support for a revised scheme which is based upon the conclusions of the Report and the draft terms and planning conditions as detailed at Appendix 21 of the Report;

b) the Comhairle further recommend that the Scottish Government seek the submission of a revised application on the above basis to allow full consultation to take place;

c) the Chief Executive be authorized to enter into negotiations with S.S.E. p.l.c. and other relevant land interests to prepare a Section 75 Planning Agreement on such terms as outlined in Appendix21 of the Report; and

d) the Comhairle inform Scottish Ministers that it is of the view that there is no interest in holding a Public Local Inquiry for the Pairc Wind Farm Proposal.


December 3 2007 - CNES Environmental Services Committee have held the initial meeting to decide on the Councils recommendation regarding the SSE Pairc Windfarm.  We have not yet seen the recommendation but understand that CNES have decided not to object to the application, but to invite the developer to submit a revised proposal. See Hebrides News for latest at: http://www.western-isles.info/page630.html


December 3 2007 - CNES Committee will be meeting  to decide whether to recommend approval of the Pairc Windfarm on Monday December 3rd 2007. We understand this meeting will be at 2pm but please confirm with CNES - Tel: 703773


November 25 2007 - Hebrides News reports that the report to Committee regarding the Pairc Windfarm recommends that the 57 turbine windfarm be approved by the Scottish Executive, but subject to the removal of up to 28 turbines.  SNH have already objected and requested the removal of 14 turbines in the north east of the site, predominantly on the basis of visual impact and landscape concerns.  The CNES report concurs, but also goes further requesting that all of the 140 metre turbines nearest to public roads and villages are removed on various grounds including visual impact, proximity to settlements and noise.  CNES councillors will meet to decide on Monday December 4th. The Committee report will be available on the CNES website in due course.  See Hebrides News for the latest at:



November 14 2007 - Two wind masts owned by SSE have been found collapsed on the Pairc Estate.  The Press and Journal reports that some suspect that the masts may have been sabotaged, as there didn't seem to be any strong winds around the time that the masts fell.



October 2007 - Under the name of Feiriosbhal Windfarm, Beinn Mhor Power have submitted a seperate application for planning permission for 16 turbines located in the north east section of the Eishken Estate.  These turbines are a subset of the larger 53 turbine Muaitheabhal Windfarm proposal which has been referred to Public Inquiry in spring 2008.


July 2007 - MWT AGM

MWT AGM on Friday 27th July in Laxdale Hall at 7:30pm.


June 2007 - Scottish and Southern Energy Generation Ltd application

Scottish and Southern Energy Generation Ltd submit an application to build a 205MW, 57 turbine windfarm on the Pairc Estate.


February 2007 - SHETL preliminary consultation

SHETL publish preliminary consultation on the proposed route for the Western Isles side of transmission system and sub-sea cable required to export electricity from the Eishken and Pairc Windfarms.



Campaign

October 2007 - The Scottish national campaign group Views of Scotland have published two reports on the Lewis windfarms for the SNP Conference.  

"Carbon savings and wind power on Lewis" provides an analysis of the CO2 emissions that could be offset by the schemes, from the developers claims through to scenarios taking account of potential CO2 emissions from degraded peat disturbed by the developments.

"Public attitudes to wind power on Lewis" brings together the results of the measures of public opinion which have been undertaken on the island from the first survey by the North Lewis windfarm Survey Group to the recent Pairc Community Council Ballot, as well as the number of objections to each proposal.

Download both reports at: http://www.viewsofscotland.org/snp_conference/

MWT would like to express our thanks to Views of Scotland for their support !



2006


December 2006 - Lewis Wind Power revised application

LWP submit a revised application reducing the number of turbines to 181, otherwise proposed windfarm infrastructure remains virtually unchanged.


July 2006 - Industrial wind-power development on the Isle of Lewis

MWT briefing providing a summary of the major windfarm developments and related issues MWT BriefingLoRes.pdf


February 2006 - European Commission 'Question and Answer'

Question by Struan Stevenson: "Is the European Commission aware of the proposals for wind farms on the Isle of Lewis in Scotland, and if so, what impact they will have on protection of areas designated under the Community Birds and Habitats Directives? ECq&a.pdf



2005


Summer 2005 - Decision objection

in response to the CNES decision over 1900 people submit a letter to the Scottish Executive restating their objection to the windfarms and protesting the decision.


June 2005 - Comhairle nan Eilean Siar decide on the LWP and BMP applications

Over the 28th and 29th June 2005 Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Committees vote to recommend that the Scottish Executive approve both the Lewis Wind Power and Beinn Mhor Power proposals, the latter against the recommendation of the Chief Planning Officer.


April 2005 - End of a Landscape: VoS News Supplement

Views of Scotland Briefing on the Lewis windfarm proposals with contributions from Lewis residents. ViewsofScotland:Lewis.pdf


January 2005 - SHETL Transmission line upgrade consultation response

19807_110726_0.pngSHETL put forward 5 potential routes for upgrading transmission connections to the Western Isles with the prospect of a pylon line running from Harris to Stornoway (see map from the consultation below).  The following is an extract from the Comhairle nan Eilean Siar response.  Disturbingly it appears to welcome the prospect of overhead lines in order to enable futher developments to be connected more easily.  Nowhere is there a mention of undergrounding.

"The Comhairle has considered the envronmental implications of the proposed subsea link points and the Harris - Lewis overhead transmission line.  From the environmental planning perspective the Comhairle favours a Lewis 'link point' for a sub-sea cable as this would entail minimal impact on National Scenic Area key designations and on the popular tourist route on south Lewis and Harris.  However the Comhairle may reconsider this preferred link point depending on which windfarms are consented, favouring a link point close to the consented developments if appropriate.  From a technical rather than environmental perspective the Comhairle recognises the strategic value of an overhead transmission line for facilitating the connection of future renewable developments, although a route out of site of popular tourist view points may be favoured. [Emphasis added]

Letter from D. McKim, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar, to Dr. Keith Maclean, Scottish Hydro Electric transmission Ltd, (14th January 2005)



2004


October 2004 - SHETL Transmission line upgrade consultation

SHETL continue their preliminary consultation on proposed pylon lines to service the Lewis windfarms which has now grown to a 400kV pylon line.


April 2004 - RSPB Briefing: Lewis and Windfarms

Even prior to submission of the planning application RSPB, who were familiar with some of the details of the proposals through involvement in pre-application consultations, publicly stated that they had serious concerns about windfarm. RSPBBriefing.pdf


April 2004 - Beinn Mhor Power Scoping Opinion (Muaitheabhal Windfarm)

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar receive a request for a scoping opinion in order to identify potentially significant environmental effects which must be considered by Beinn Mhor Power Ltd in preparing their planning application for a windfarm of up to 125 turbines on the Eishken Estate.



2003


Summer 2003 - SHETL Transmission line upgrade consultation

SHETL commence a preliminary consultation on a possible 275kV pylon route to service island windfarms.


June 2003 - Pentland Road Windfarm

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar recommend approval of a 6-turbine windfarm to the south of the Barvas hills.



2002



August 2002 - Lewis Wind Power Scoping Opinion (Lewis Windfarm)

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar receive a request for a scoping opinion in order to identify potentially significant environmental effects which must be considered by Lewis Wind Power in preparing their planning application.



2001



November 2001 - Worlds largest windfarm proposed for Western Isles

National media report that a partnership of AMEC and British Energy propose to build one of the worlds largest onshore windfarms on the Isle of Lewis.


October 2001 - Arnish Moor Wind Cluster

Comhairle nan Eilean Siar grant planning permsiion for 3 turbines on Arnish Moor, to the south of Stornoway.

July 2001 - DTI visit Western Isles

At the end of July 2001 a senior group of representatives from the DTI including the then Energy Minister Brian wilson, and Scottish Executive met with Western Isles MP's, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar and Highlands and Islands Enterprise to discuss renewable energy developments on the islands. A Scottish Executive memo from the visit concluded:

"DTI agreed that they would formally ask SSE to look at the options for the Western Isles, including the mainland connection, and to consider its position in relation to developments there.  It was further agreed that AMEC should also be asked to work up its preliminary proposal futher."

John Brown, Energy Division, Scottish Executive, 27 July 2001

The conclusion of a further memo issued a couple of days later gives a broader indication of what was being considered for the islands:

"The idea of commissioning a study of a sub-sea cable from the Western Isles to England is based on the assumption that huge amounts of renewable energy capacity, both wind and in the longer term wave power, can be exploited in the area.  Much of the discussion proceeded on the hypothesis, seemingly supported by members of the Council that such extensive development of renewable energy, particulalry windfarms, should be actively encouraged on Lewis, in order to deliver economic benefit to the island. I noticed that, throughout the day's discussions, no one mentioned the environmental impact of renewable enrgy developments in the Western Isles, and it has since been pointed out to me that much of inland Lewis is clasified under the EU's Natura 2000 programme for its blanket bog interests."

John Brown, Energy Division, Scottish Executive, 30 July 2001


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