How the turbine will look from the nearest point in Polbain
The planning application for our community wind turbine was recently submitted and it has now been validated (checked for completeness and planning fee paid) – and it will be formally advertised on Friday 6th September in the Ross-shire Journal and Edinburgh Gazette. In addition the planning application got a mention in the Ullapool News last week.
The bottom line for this project is that it will generate a 20 year income-stream that will allow the community more control of its future and allow us to invest in those things that community members feel are important for keeping Coigach thriving and special.
We need to try to reverse those things we’ve all become too well aware of: the ‘closed and gone away’ signs on the Achiltibuie Hydroponicum, Summer Isles Foods and now Polbain Stores; the school roll dropping from 36 in the mid 1990s to just 13 now; young families with no affordable housing; entrepreneurial spirits stifled by a lack of business premises; piers failing fast and unfit for purpose.
Coigach Wind Power Ltd and Coigach Community Development Company is seeking your support for this planning application for a single community wind turbine in Coigach. If you back the project and the benefits we believe it will bring to our community, please express your support either online to the Highland Council Planning Department by following this linkand entering our planning reference number: 13/02582/FUL in the search facility where you can leave your comments (and see others as well as the full planning application documents). Why not do it right now!?
Alternatively you can write to Highland Council with a letter of support, addressing your letter to D Stott, ePlanning Centre, The Highland Council, Glenurquhart Road, INVERNESS IV3 5NX and remembering to quote the planning reference number: 13/02582/FUL.
The planning application includes a 120-page Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA). This EIA contains reports of all the independent studies done, including consideration of what impact the turbine will have on our landscape and wildlife. You can study the EIA for yourself if you wish – there’s a copy at the Achiltibuie Post Office and it’s also available online at Highland Council Planning Department (just follow the link, above).
There are many other small Highlands and Islands communities who are benefiting from the income generated from their single turbines and using it to support the sustainability and well-being of their communities in the future and we foresee the benefits of a similar income stream for Coigach. The ballot conducted here by Highland Council showed strong local support for progressing this project, and the best way to show that again is to register your support on the Highland Council planning website right now – here’s that link again!
The deadline for all comments, whether by post or electronically, is October 4th.
Remember this application is for a single wind turbine which, with the planned hydro scheme at Achavraie, is the limit of the local electricity grid – we couldn’t put up more turbines even if the community wanted them. Please ask or email one of the Directors to check facts if you are unsure about any aspect of the project.
Alison Sinclair: 622302 (email@example.com)
Steve Husband: 622310 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Ann AliBeag Macleod: 622295 (email@example.com)
Iain Muir: 622302 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Kevin Peach: 622399 (email@example.com)