Creag Riabhach Extension

Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Extension


Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Ltd. have now submitted an application for an extension to Creag Riabhach Wind Farm under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989.

CREAG RIABHACH WIND FARM LIMITED

ELECTRICITY ACT 1989

TOWN AND COUNTRY PLANNING (SCOTLAND) ACT 1997

THE ELECTRICITY WORKS (ENVIRONMENTAL IMPACT ASSESSMENT) (SCOTLAND)

REGULATIONS 2017

Notice is hereby given that Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Limited, company registration number SC424471, with its Registered Office at 2 Castle Terrace, 4th Floor, Edinburgh, Scotland, EH1 2EL, has applied to the Scottish Ministers for consent under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 to construct and operate, for a period of up to 40 years, a renewable energy development, known as Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Extension, on land in the ownership of Altnaharra Estate immediately adjacent to the east and partly within Creag Riabhach Wind Farm. The application site is located approximately 6.5 km south of the settlement of Altnaharra on the A836 and approximately 21.5 km north of the village of Lairg in central Sutherland (central grid reference NGR NC 52978 27588). The proposed development is an extension to Creag Riabhach Wind Farm, comprises a three-turbine extension (each turbine would have a ground to blade tip height of up to 149.9m), battery energy storage system (BESS) and associated infrastructure. The candidate extension turbines would have an indicative capacity of 12.6MW and the BESS would have an indicative capacity of 37.3MW. Therefore, the total installed capacity of the proposed development in conjunction with the existing Creag Riabhach Wind Farm would be greater than 50 MW. The proposed development is subject to Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and an EIA Report has been produced to accompany the application for consent.
Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Limited has also applied for a direction under Section 57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 that planning permission for the development be deemed to be granted.

A copy of the application, with a plan showing the land to which it relates, together with a copy of the EIA Report discussing the Company’s proposals in more detail and presenting an analysis of the environmental implications, is available for public inspection, free of charge on the application website https://www.erguk.energy/creag-riabhach/ or on the Scottish Government Energy Consents website at www.energyconsents.scot under application reference ECU00004487.

The EIA Report is also available for public inspection in person, free of charge at:

Location:

Lairg Community Centre, The Main St, Lairg IV27 4DD

Opening hours:

Monday: 10 am – 2 pm
Tuesday: 12 – 3.30 pm, 4 – 7 pm
Wednesday: Closed
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm
Friday: 12 – 3 pm
Saturday: Closed

Address:

Lairg Library

Hard copies of the full EIA Report are subject to a charge of £1500 and are available on request (telephone: +44(0)7831 772658 or email: ukdevelopment@erg.eu). A digital version of the EIA Report can also be obtained for £15 per copy on USB drive. Hard copies of the non-technical summary are available free of charge.
Any representations to the application 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:
‘representations@gov.scot’; or
• by post to: Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 BLU, 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 ‘representations@gov.scot’ will receive acknowledgement.
All representations should be received no later than 1 August 2023, although Ministers may consider representations received after this date.
Any subsequent additional information which is submitted by the Company will be subject to further public notice in this manner, and representations to such information will be accepted as per this notice.
As a result of a statutory objection from the relevant planning authority, or where Scottish Ministers decide to exercise their discretion to do so, Scottish Ministers can also cause a Public Local Inquiry (PLI) to be held.

Following examination of the environmental information, Scottish Ministers will determine the application for consent in two ways:

• consent the proposal, with or without conditions attached; or
• reject the proposal.

General Data Protection Regulations

The Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit processes consent applications and consultation representations under the Electricity Act 1989. During the process, to support transparency in decision making, the Scottish Government publishes online at www.energyconsents.scot. A privacy notice is published on the help page at www.energyconsents.scot. This explains how the Energy Consents Unit processes your personal information. If you have any concerns about how your personal data is handled, please email: ‘Econsents_admin@gov.scot’.

Facts and Figures


  • Additional Turbines
  • Battery Energy Storage System (BESS)
  • Combined total installed capacity of 105MW
  • Up to a maximum of 149.9m ground to blade tip height
  • Potential to power an additional 10,225 homes annually and reduce CO2 emissions by 17,850 tonnes

Planning Application Documents


Volume 1 – Non Technical Summary_Part1

Volume 1 – Non Technical Summary_Part2

Volume 1 – Non Technical Summary_Part3


Volume 2 Cover Page, Contents and Glossary

Volume 2 – Chapter 1 – Introduction

Volume 2 – Chapter 02 – EIA Approach and Methodology

Volume 2 – Chapter 3 – Description of Development

Volume 2 – Chapter 04 – Statutory and Policy Framework

Volume 2 – Chapter 05 – Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment

Volume 2 – Chapter 06 – Terrestrial Ecology

Volume 2 – Chapter 07 – Freshwater Ecology

Volume 2 – Chapter 08 – Ornithology

Volume 2 – Chapter 9 – Hydrology, Hydrogeology and Soils

Volume 2 – Chapter 10 – Transport and Access

Volume 2 – Chapter 11 – Cultural Heritage

Volume 2 – Chapter 12 – Noise

Volume 2 – Chapter 13 – Socio-Economics, Recreation and Tourism

Volume 2 – Chapter 14 – Other Issues


Volume 3a Cover Page and Contents

Volume 3a – Chapter 1 – Figure 1.1 – Location Plan

Volume 3a – Chapter 1 – Figure 1.2 – Consented Development

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.1a – Site Layout

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.1b – Detailed Site Layout (Southern Extent)

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.1c – Detailed Site Layout (Northern Extent)

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.2a – Scoping Layout

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.2b – Track Layout Options

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.2c – Alternative Track Alignment 1

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.2d – Alternative Track Alignment 2

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.2e – Alternative Track Alignment

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.3 – Indicative Turbine Elevations

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.4 – Indicative Turbine Foundations

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.5 – Indicative Hardstanding Arrangement

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.6 – Indicative Access Tracks and Cable Runs

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.7 – Indicative Battery Storage Elevations

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.8 – Indicative Battery Storage Layout

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.9 – Drainage General Arrangement

Volume 3a – Chapter 3 – Figure 3.10 – Drainage Details

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.1 – Landscape and Visual Study Area

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.2 – Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) to Blade Tip with Viewpoint Locations

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.3 – Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) to Hub Height with Viewpoint Locations

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.4a – Comparative ZTV of Creag Riabhach and Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Extension to Blade Tip

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.4b – Comparative ZTV of Craeg Riabhach and Extension to Hub Height with Viewpoints

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.5a – Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) to Blade Tip with Viewpoint Locati

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.5b – Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) to Blade Tip with Viewpoint Locati

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.6 – Detailed Zone of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) to Blade Tip (6km)

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.7 – Landscape Character

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.8 – Detailed Landscape Character to 6km

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.9 – Landscape Planning Designations

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.10 – Gardens and Designed Landscapes and National Recreational Routes

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.11 – Recreational Routes and Tourist Destinations within 6km

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.12 – Cumulative Wind Farms within 45km

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.13 – Cumulative ZTV 1 CRWF Ext, Existing and Consented between 10-35km

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.14 – Cumulative ZTV 2 CRWF Ext and Application wind farms between 10-35km

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.15 – Cumulative ZTV 3 CRWF Ext, CRWF, Sallachy and Strath Tirry

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.16a – Sequential Route Assessment – A836

Volume 3a – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.16b-f – Sequential Route Assessment – A836

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.01 – Development boundary, layout and survey area

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.02 – Internationally designated sites (SAC, RAMSAR)

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.03 – Nationally designated sites (SSSI)

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.04 – NVC communities

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.05 – Groundwater dependent terrestrial ecosystems

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.06 – Otter survey

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.07 – Water vole survey

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.08 – Badger survey

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.09 – Bat potential roost features

Volume 3a – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Figure 6.10 – Reptile survey

Volume 3a – Chapter 7 – Freshwater Ecology – Figure 7.1 – Creag Riabhach Wind Farm extension boundary

Volume 3a – Chapter 7 – Freshwater Ecology – Figure 7.2 – Creag Riabhach Wind Farm extension survey sites

Volume 3a – Chapter 7 – Freshwater Ecology – Figure 7.3 – Statutory designations within 5km of proposed development

Volume 3a – Chapter 7 – Freshwater Ecology – Figure 7.4 – Location of biological monitoring sites for Creag Riabhach Wind Farm

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.01 – 2012 to 2013 Vantage point locations

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.02 – 2012 to 2013 Survey areas

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.03 – Internationally Designated Sites (SPA, RAMSAR)

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.04 – Nationally Designated Sites (SSSI)

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.05 – Golden eagle flights

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.06 – GET model

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.07 – Golden plover flights

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.08 – Pink-footed goose flights

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.09 – Greylag goose flights

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.10 – Whooper swan flights

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.11 – Arctic skua flights

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.12 – Meadow pipit territories

Volume 3a – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Figure 8.13 – Skylark territories

Volume 3a – Chapter 9 – Figure 9.1 Hydrology Overview & GWDTE

Volume 3a – Chapter 9 – Figure 9.2 Carbon and Peatland

Volume 3a – Chapter 9 – Figure 9.3 – Interpolated Peat Depth

Volume 3a – Chapter 9 – Figure 9.4 Peat Slide Risk Analysis

Volume 3a – Chapter 9 – Figure 9.5 Slope Angle

Volume 3a – Chapter 9 – Figure 9.6 Superficial Geology

Volume 3a – Chapter 9 – Figure 9.7 Bedrock Geology

Volume 3a – Chapter 12 – Noise – Figure 12.1 – Noise Contour Plot


Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Cover and Contents

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.17a-e – Viewpoint 1 A836 Southbound – NCN 1, South of Altnaharra

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.18a-e – Viewpoint 4 A836 Southbound – NCN 1, South of Loch Staing

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.19a-f – Viewpoint 6 Ben Kilbreck

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.20a-g – Viewpoint 8 A836 Northbound-NCN 1 near the Crask

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.21a-e – Viewpoint 12 Ben More Assynt

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.22a-e – Viewpoint 13 Beinn Sgeireach

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.23a-e – Viewpoint 17 A836, South of Crask Inn

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.24a-e – Viewpoint 18 The track to Loch Choire

Volume 3b – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.25a-h – Viewpoint 20 A836 at track to former Vagastie Cottage


Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Cover and Contents

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.17f-k – Viewpoint 1 A836 Southbound – NCN 1, South of Altnaharra

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.18f-k – Viewpoint 4 A836 Southbound – NCN 1, South of Loch Staing

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.19g-l – Viewpoint 6 Ben Kilbreck

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.20h-m – Viewpoint 8 A836 Northbound-NCN 1 near the Crask

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.21f-k – Viewpoint 12 Ben More Assynt

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.22f-k – Viewpoint 13 Beinn Sgeireach

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.23f-k – Viewpoint 17 A836, South of Crask Inn

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.24f-k – Viewpoint 18 The track to Loch Choire

Volume 3c – Chapter 5 – Figure 5.25i-n – Viewpoint 20 A836 at track to former Vagastie Cottage


Volume 4 Cover Page and Contents

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 3.1 – Outline Construction Environmental Management Plan

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 3.2 – Deer Management Plan Update

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 5.1 – LVIA Methodology

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 5.2 – Viewpoint Analysis

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 5.3 – Appraisal of THC OWESG Criteria

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 5.3 – Scoped Out Viewpoints

Volume 4 – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Technical Appendix 6.1 – Terrestrial Ecology

Volume 4 – Chapter 6 – Terrestrial Ecology – Technical Appendix 6.2 – Biodiversity Enhancement and Restoration Plan

Volume 4 – Chapter 7 – Freshwater Ecology – Technical Appendix 7.1 – Freshwater Ecology

Volume 4 – Chapter 7 – Freshwater Ecology – Technical Appendix 7.2 – 2019 Preconstruction fish and invertebrate surveys for Creag Riabhach Wind Farm

Volume 4 – Chapter 8 – Ornithology – Technical Appendix 8.1 – Ornithology

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 9.1 – Peat Management Plan

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 9.2 – Peat Slide Risk Assessment

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 9.3 – CRWF Water Quality Management Plan

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 10.1 – Transport Assessment

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 14.1 – Forestry

Volume 4 – Technical Appendix 14.2 – Carbon Calculator Input and Output


Application Cover Letter_Redacted

Planning Statement

Pre-Application Consultation Report