Local News for Friday 31st May 2019
LEWIS WIND POWER SUBMITS APPLICATION FOR ADDITIONAL CONSENT FOR STORNOWAY WIND FARM
Lewis Wind Power (LWP) has submitted an application for an additional planning consent for the company’s proposed Stornoway Wind Farm.
The submission follows two rounds of community consultation on the company’s proposals, with public exhibitions at Stornoway Town Hall in October 2018 and February of this year.
The potential changes are designed to give the company the option of using the very latest onshore wind turbines on the market, which the firm believes may be necessary to generate power at the cost required to compete for long-term contracts in a government-backed auction taking place later this year.
Contracts are awarded by National Grid on a competitive basis with onshore wind farms on Scotland’s ‘remote islands’ competing with major offshore wind developments in the North Sea.
The potential alternative design features 25 turbines with a tip height of up to 180 metres and 10 turbines with a tip height of up to 156m. This compares to a maximum of 36 turbines at up to 145 metres in the project’s existing consent. It is also proposed to increase the separation distance between a number of turbines in the eastern part of the site and the town of Stornoway.
The application documents are available to view online at www.lwp.scot and on the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit website. Hard copies will be available to view locally at LWP’s office in Stornoway, as well as the council offices and Stornoway Library.
The Scottish Government will now invite views from local residents and business and from bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage before making a decision.
TIME LIMITS ON TEMPORARY HOMELESS ACCOMODATION
The time people facing homelessness spend in unsuitable temporary housing including B&Bs could be limited, following a consultation launched recently by the Scottish Government.
A seven-day restriction in unsuitable temporary accommodation for everyone experiencing homelessness, as currently exists for families with children and pregnant women, is being proposed.
The Scottish Government also wants improvements made to the consistency of temporary accommodation quality.
While most temporary accommodation is generally good, with the majority of homeless households found accommodation in the social rented sector, there are no set standards which cover the range of temporary accommodation available.
The consultation will also consider what legally enforceable standards could look like. These changes would mean that people living in temporary accommodation will experience a higher and more consistent level of accommodation and support while a permanent solution to their housing need is found.