Following the decision by The Highland Council not to object to the variation of the existing planning consent in December, Scottish Ministers have approved the…
Welcome to Limekiln Wind Farm
Scotland leads the way in harnessing renewable energy sources. The Scottish Government has now committed to end Scotland’s contribution to climate change within a generation under the Climate Change Bill passed in 2019. The landmark legislation has committed Scotland to becoming a net-zero society by 2045 – five years before the rest of the UK and in line with the advice from the government’s independent expert advisors, the UK Committee on Climate Change. The Scottish Government will also respond to the global climate emergency by adopting an ambitious new target to reduce emissions by 75% by 2030 – the toughest statutory target of any country in the world for this date going above and beyond what the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change said is required worldwide to limit warming to 1.5 degrees.
However, these targets cannot be met without further renewable energy development, including onshore wind. Ways to ensure the landscape can accommodate this include carefully chosen sites and sensitively designed developments.
Infinergy Ltd received confirmation of the consent granted by Scottish Ministers to construct and operate an onshore wind farm known as Limekiln Wind Farm. Decision documents can be found here. The site is located around 1.5km south of Reay, and 2.8km south/southwest of the existing Dounreay Power Station. It is an excellent site in a very windy location where wind power development makes perfect sense.
Limekiln Wind Farm
May 2022: Scottish Ministers approve the application to vary the S36 Consent. Further details are here.
February 2022: Further to The Highland Council’s decision not to object to the S36C application on the basis that two further turbines are removed, Further Environmental Information was required to be submitted. This information is now available on the downloads page of this website.
July 2021: The Section 36 Application has now been submitted and all of the application documents are available on the downloads page of this website.
Any representations to the application, reference ECU00003303, may be submitted via the Energy Consents Unit website at www.energyconsents.scot/Register.aspx; by email to the Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox at [email protected]; or by post to the Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation. Please note that there may be a delay in the Energy Consents Unit receiving representations by post.
Written or emailed representations should be dated, clearly stating the name (in block capitals), full return email and postal address of those making representations. Only representations sent by email to [email protected] will receive acknowledgement.
All representations should be received not later than Tuesday 14th September, although Ministers may consider representations received after this date.
June 2021: The online consultation period has now ended, however you can view all of the materials on the downloads page and of course send us any feedback via our dedicated email address [email protected]
May 2021 Virtual Consultation – CORRECTION: The online consultation page for the Section 36 Application will go live on Tuesday 11th May , not Monday 11th May as stated in the mailed out newsletter. Apologies for any confusion caused. The corrected newsletter can be found here.
UPDATE: March 2021 – Scoping for a variation to the current Section 36 consent has been submitted to the Scottish Government which will seek to bring a number of improvements to the project, including a revised track design, allowing improved access during the construction works to the core path network and an increase in tip heights to align with the proposed Limekiln Wind Farm Extension. You can find all of the Scoping Request documents here and the press release regarding the application here.
UPDATE: December 2020 – Now that the early forestry work at Limekiln has been completed, we are getting ready to start preparation work for the construction of Limekiln Wind Farm. This will begin early in the new year with this initial phase expected to be complete by early summer 2021. You can find the latest newsletter here.
Limekiln Wind Farm Extension
UPDATE: June 2021 – You can watch the PLI live from Tuesday 15th June at 10am here.
March 2021 – The Reporters have requested Additional Information for the purposes of the inquiry for Limekiln Wind Farm Extension, which arise as a result of an update to the cumulative baseline for Limekiln Wind Farm Extension. You can find the AI documents here.
February 2021 – The date for the Public Inquiry has now been set for June 2021. You can find the documents here.
Further information about the application can be found on our News page. While no physical copies of the application can be viewed at this time due to current restrictions in place, you can request a copy of the application docuements on CD by emailing [email protected]
We worked closely with a group of local people over the course of the applicaton process for Limekiln Wind Farm. Now that consent has been awarded, and throughout the application process for Limekiln Wind Farm Extension, we will seek to reconvene a local group again. If you live locally and would also like to share your views with us, please email us at [email protected]. We would be delighted to hear from you and value your opinion.
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Following the Public Local Inquiry last June, Scottish Ministers have supported the recommendation of The Reporters and consented the application. Infinergy now awaits a decision…
At the North Planning Applications Committee of The Highland Council on Tuesday the 7th December councillors voted unanimously to allow the Limekiln project variation application…