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Planning submission

RES has submitted a Section 36 application to Scottish Minsters for consent under the Electricity Act 1989 for a 16-turbine wind farm proposal at Hill of Fare in Aberdeenshire.

The planning application and associated documents are available to view on this page below and also on the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) planning portal at www.energyconsents.scot (reference ECU00004592).

In addition, hard copies of this documentation will be available at the following locations for public viewing from the commencement of the consultation period:

  • Banchory Library, Bridge Street, Banchory, AB31 5SU (during normal opening hours)
  • Alford Library, Alford Community Campus, Greystone Road, Alford, AB33 8TY (during normal opening hours)

In November 2023, ECU began its statutory consultation to enable the public, as well as key consultees, to submit formal representations on the proposal.

Planning application and documentation

Public Notice - As published in the Deeside Piper, The Scotsman and the Edinburgh Gazette newspapers.

Planning and Sustainable Place Statement - Examines the national and local planning policy context for the Hill of Fare Wind Farm proposal, and the balance which needs to be struck between the need for wind energy development and the effect of the proposed development on the local environment. It also takes account of the benefits which could arise from the construction and operation of the development.

Pre-application Consultation Report (PAC) - Explains how and when the community was consulted before the planning application for the redesigned proposal for Hill of Fare Wind Farm was submitted to Scottish Ministers and how RES has responded to feedback from the community regarding the proposal.

Non-Technical Summary (NTS) - Summarises the application and contains the key findings from the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work.

Volume 1 - Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) Chapters:
Reports on the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) work undertaken and examines the potential effects of the wind farm.

Volume 2 - Figures:
Contains the figures (maps and drawings) associated with the EIA.

Volume 3 - Visualisations:
Contains the wirelines and photomontages, produced to NatureScot specifications, which help to give an impression of what how the proposal may look from a number of agreed viewpoints within the area.

Volume 4 - Technical Appendices:

Contains the data supporting the findings of the Environmental Impact Assessment Report.