The onshore planning application for the Pentland Floating Offshore Wind Farm (PFOWF) has now been submitted to The Highland Council.
Following extensive public consultation, very few changes were made to the application for Planning Permission in Principle. This application covers the onshore infrastructure elements of the project and includes the onshore application boundary, an Environmental Impact Assessment and visualisations of indicative substation locations.
When approved, this consent will enable the project to build an onshore substation with cables which will feed power from the floating offshore wind turbines into the existing local grid network, providing the country with much-needed renewable energy.
Richard Copeland, Project Director, said: “Submitting the onshore planning application marks another key milestone for Pentland, which will be capable of providing clean energy to approximately 70,000 homes, bringing a number of benefits to the local area in the process.
“It was encouraging to see that the onshore plans were well received with very few changes made to the application following local consultation. At every stage of this project, we’ve aimed to consult as comprehensively as possible to ensure the development remains considerate of the region and its residents.
“The onshore application submission follows the submission of the offshore consent application to Marine Scotland in August this year. Alongside these developments, we’ve continued to progress initiatives such as developing an Operations and Maintenance base at Scrabster harbour, consulting on our proposed community benefit fund and supporting local STEM careers through our regional bursary awards.”
The submission comes ahead of a Business Breakfast event being held in partnership with the Caithness Chamber of Commerce later this year. Taking place in Thurso on 23 November, the event will introduce the project and the opportunities available to local supply chain companies in the area.
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