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What is proposed?

Peel NRE’s proposed wind farm at Beaw Field was granted consent by Scottish ministers under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 on 30th November 2017. Since then, we have been working on readying the site for commercialisation, construction, and operation.

The planning consent is subject to conditions, including:

  • That development is commenced no later than five years from the date of the consent (i.e., 30 November 2022) and;

  • The wind farm has an operational lifetime of 25 years.

Under section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 (as amended), we have now applied to the Scottish Ministers to vary the scheme to extend the implementation date and the operational life of the wind farm from 25 years to up to 40 years. No other elements of the design have changed.

The primary reasons for seeking the extension are twofold:

  • Grid Connection – Shetland is not currently linked to the UK electricity transmission network. Ofgem published its decision to allow construction of a subsea high voltage direct current (HVDC) interconnector between Shetland and Mainland Scotland in July 2020 and construction commenced later that year. Once complete, this cable will permit the exportation of electricity generated through renewable energy projects (including Beaw Field Wind Farm) to the UK transmission network. While construction work is progressing well, the Shetland interconnector is not due to be energised until 2024; and

  • Route to Market – Prior to formal confirmation of the Shetland interconnector project, Peel could not guarantee a route to market for electricity generated. This summer, Peel had the first opportunity to enter a CfD auction following approval of the Shetland HVDC interconnector. Given the timescales involved for this key route to market, a longer period is therefore required for commencement of development.

The application documents can be accessed via the ECU website (see Quick Links) using reference ECU00004520, or from the documents list.

Interested parties can also contact Peel via Joe Chambers on


Chapter 1

Figure 1.1. Site Location

Figure 1.2 Application Boundary

Chapter 2

Figure 2.1 Sensitive Receptors Within The Wider Context Of Yell R0

Figure 2.2 Sensitive Receptors Within 1.5Km Of Site

Chapter 3

Figure 3.1 Site Layout

Figure 3.10 Access Track Construction Section

Figure 3.11 Technical Constraints

Figure 3.12 Vehicular Plan To Site

Figure 3.13 Watercourse Crossing Catchment Areas

Figure 3.14 Indicative Watercourse Crossings

Figure 3.15 Typical Watercourse Crossings Sections

Figure 3.2 Site Layout (Aerial View)

Figure 3.20 Recreational Routes

Figure 3.21A Micrositing Allowance

Figure 3.3 Indicative Turbine Layout

Figure Potential Targeted Infilling Areas

Figure 3.4 Turbine Foundation Design

Figure 3.5 Hardstanding Area

Figure 3.6 Typical Substation Layout

Figure 3.7 Cable Trenching Details

Figure 3.8 Typical Anemometry Mast

Figure 3.9 Radio Communications Tower

Chapter 5

Figure 5.1. 65 Turbine Layout

Figure 5.2. 52 Turbine Layout

Figure 5.3. 47 Turbine Layout

Figure 5.4. 43 Turbine Layout

Figure 5.5. 24 Turbine Layout

Figure 5.6. 20 Turbine Scoping Opinion Layout

Figure 5.7. 18 Turbine Layout

Figure 5.8. Design Freeze 17 Turbine Layout

Figure 5.9. Access Track Evolution

Chapter 6

Figure 6.1 ZTV And Attractions And Activities

Figure 6.2 ZTV And Core Paths And Rights Of Way

Figure 6.3 ZTV And Promoted Walking And Access Routes

Figure 6.4 ZTV And Cycling Routes

Figure 6.5 ZTV And Tourism Business Survey Population

Chapter 7

Figure 7.1 Landscape Designations

Figure 7.10 Cumulative Sites R0

Figure 7.11A Cumulative ZTV Operational Schemes

Figure 7.11B Cumulative ZTV Garth And Viking

Figure 7.11C Cumulative ZTV Culter Field

Figure 7.12 Location Of Significant Landscape Effects

Figure 7.13 Visual Effects Summary

Figure 7.2A Landscape Character

Figure 7.2B Landscape Sensitivity Capacity Study

Figure 7.3A Hub ZTV (A1)

Figure 7.3B Hub ZTV (Land Only)(A1)

Figure 7.4A Blade Tip ZTV (A1)

Figure 7.4B Blade Tip ZTV (Land Only)(A1)

Figure 7.5A VP1

Figure 7.5B VP2

Figure 7.5C VP3

Figure 7.5D VP4

Figure 7.5E VP5

Figure 7.5F VP6

Figure 7.5G VP7

Figure 7.5H VP8

Figure 7.5I VP9

Figure 7.5J VP10

Figure 7.5K VP11

Figure 7.5L VP12

Figure 7.5M VP13

Figure 7.5N VP14

Figure 7.5O VP15

Figure 7.5P VP16

Figure 7.5Q VP17

Figure 7.5R VP18

Figure 7.5S VP19

Figure 7.5T VP20

Figure 7.5U VP21

Figure 7.5V VP22

Figure 7.5W VP23

Figure 7.6A ZTV Borrow Pit 1

Figure 7.6B ZTV Borrow Pit 2

Figure 7.6C ZTV Borrow Pit 3

Figure 7.6D ZTV Borrow Pit 4

Figure 7.7 ZTV Site Compound

Figure 7.8 ZTV Substation Compound

Figure 7.9 ZTV Telecommunications Mast

Chapter 8

Figure 8.1A Property Locations

Figure 8.1B Property Locations Burravoe

Chapter 9

Figure 9.1 V2

Figure 9.2 V2

Figure 9.3 V2

Figure 9.4 V2

Figure 9.5 V2

Figure 9.6 V2

Figure 9.7 Gossabrough Broch

Figure 9.8 Snuti Fort Or Brough Of Stoal

Figure 9.9 9.19 Cultural Heritage Viewpoints

Chapter 10

Figure 10.1 Ornithology Study Area

Figure 10.10 Golden Plover 2012

Figure 10.11 Golden Plover 2015

Figure 10.12 Dunlin 2011

Figure 10.13 Dunlin 2012

Figure 10.14 Dunlin 2015

Figure 10.15 Lapwing 2011

Figure 10.16 Lapwing 2012

Figure 10.17 Lapwing 2015

Figure 10.18 Ringed Plover 2011

Figure 10.19 Ringed Plover 2012

Figure 10.2 Designated Sites

Figure 10.20 Ringed Plover 2015

Figure 10.21 Curlew 2011

Figure 10.22 Curlew 2012

Figure 10.23 Curlew 2015

Figure 10.24 Oystercatcher 2011

Figure 10.25 Oystercatcher 2012

Figure 10.26 Oystercatcher 2015

Figure 10.27 Snipe 2011

Figure 10.28 Snipe 2012

Figure 10.29 Snipe 2015

Figure 10.30 Arctic Skua 2011

Figure 10.31 Arctic Skua 2012

Figure 10.32 Arctic Skua 2015

Figure 10.33 Great Skua Territories 2011

Figure 10.34 Great Skua Territories 2012

Figure 10.35 Great Skua 2015

Figure 10.36 Great Skua Flightlines 2011

Figure 10.37 Great Skua Flightlines 2012

Figure 10.3A Vantage Point Viewsheds 2Km Coverage

Figure 10.3B Vantage Point Viewsheds 1Km Coverage

Figure 10.4 Greylag Goose Nests CONFIDENTIAL

Figure 10.5 Greylag Goose Winter 2010 11

Figure 10.6 Greylag Goose Summer 2011

Figure 10.7 Greylag Goose Winter 20011 2012

Figure 10.8 Greylag Goose Summer 2012

Figure 10.9 Golden Plover 2011

Chapter 11

Figure 11.1 Ecological Study Areas

Figure 11.2 Designated Sites R0

Figure 11.3 Phase 1 Habitat Survey

Figure 11.4 NVC Survey

Figure 11.5 GWDTE Survey

Figure 11.6 Otter Field Signs

Chapter 12

ES Chapter 12 Figure 12.1 Peat Depth

ES Chapter 12 Figure 12.2. Peat Depth With Survey Points

ES Chapter 12 Figure 12.3. Presence Of Eroding Hags Gullies

ES Chapter 12 Figure 12.4. Extent Of Bare Ground

ES Chapter 12 Figure 12.5. Grazing Pressure

ES Chapter 12 Figure 12.6. Areas Within Excavator Reach From Hardstanding

Chapter 13

Figure 13.1 Superficial Geology

Figure 13.2 Bedrock Geology F

Chapter 15

Figure 15.1. Indicative Catchment Areas

Figure 15.2. Local Hydrology

Figure 15.3. Water Quality Monitoring Locations

Chapter 17

Figure 17.1. Air Quality Receptors

Chapter 18

Figure 18.1 Study Area And Automatic

Figure 18.2 Ward Of Otterswick Walk

Figure 18.3 Abnormal Indivisible Load (AIL)

Chapter 19

Figure 19.1 Residential Properties Within Study Area

Figure 19.2 Shadow Flicker Map

Appendix 1

Appendix 1.1 Scoping Opinion

Appendix 2

Appendix 2.1 Site Photographs

Appendix 3

Appendix 3.1

Appendix 3.2

Appendix 3.3

Appendix 3.4

Appendix 3.5

Appendix 3.6

Appendix 10

Appendix 10.1 Birds Technical Report

Appendix 10.3 Collision Risk Assessment

Appendix 10.4 Beaw Field Wind Farm OHMP New

Appendix 11

Appendix 11.1 Natural Heritage Desk Study

Appendix 11.2 Phase 1 Habitat, NVC, GWDTE Report

Appendix 11.3 Otter Survey Report

Appendix 11.4 FWPM Survey Report 1

Appendix 11.5 Fish Habitat And Electric Fishing Survey Report 1

Appendix 11.6 Aquatic Marco Invertebrates Survey Report

Appendix 11.7 Updated Phase 1 Habitat And NVC Report

Appendix 12

Appendix 12.1 (A) Peat Depth Survey (250M Grid) Part 1

Appendix 12.1 Blairbeg Survey

Appendix 12.2 Peat Slide Risk Assessment

Appendix 12.3 Volume Of Peat Excavated Per Catchment

Appendix 12.4 Oultine Peat Restoration And Management Plan (2016 FEI)

Appendix 14

Reference 35I1 IBGH RWJ6 V1

Appendix 15

Appendix 15.1 Flood Risk Assessment

Appendix 15.2 SEPA River Basin Manegement Plan Data Sheets

Appendix 15.3 Correspondence


Appendix 15.5 Component Features Of The Proposed Development Relevant To The Water Environment

Appendix 15.6 Hydrology And Hydrogeology Impact Assessment Without Mitigation

Appendix 15.7 Hydrology And Hydrogeology Impact Assessment With Mitigation

Appendix 16

Appendix 16.1 Construction And Decommissioning Noise Assessment

Appendix 16.2 Operational Noise Assessment

Appendix 18

Appendix 18.1 Beaw Field Transport Assessment

Appendix 19

Appendix 19.1 Shadow Flicker

Appendix 20

Appendix 20.1 Stakeholder Correspondence

Appendix 21

Appendix 21.1 CL 5152 RPT 003 Beaw Field Radar Assessment Issue 1.0

Appendix 21.2 CL 5152 DOC 004 IFP Assessment Report V1