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Gail urges ScotGov to make decisions on outstanding windfarm applications

June 27, 2017




Gail Ross, the SNP’s member of the Scottish Parliament for Caithness, Sutherland and Ross has today (Tuesday 27th June), written to the Scottish Government to urge them to prioritise decision making on outstanding windfarm applications in her constituency.


Speaking today Gail said:


“There are several applications awaiting determination currently with the Scottish Government, some of which have been awaiting an outcome for years.”


“I have written today to urge Paul Wheelhouse MSP, Minister for Business, Innovation and Energy, to determine the applications as soon as he is able. I understand that communities and businesses are feeling frustrated with the current situation and need to know an outcome soon.”


“There are several upcoming windfarm applications which are not with the minister as of yet, I have also asked him to expedite the process for determination for these developments.”




Please find below a copy of the letter to the minister:


Dear Paul,


Outstanding Windfarm Applications in Caithness, Sutherland and Ross


I write in relation to the above, to request that decisions on these applications can be made as soon as possible.


I am concerned that there are many people in my constituency who have been waiting for a considerable period of time for the determination, with no possible end date in sight.


Whilst I understand that the process for approval or rejection must be lengthy due to the considerable complexity of many of the applications, at present I share the view of my constituents who cannot understand why some applications are taking years to determine. I would therefore be most obliged if you could share with me an outline of the process involved for your determination.


I am aware that there are also several windfarm applications which are in the process of public enquiry at the moment. I would be most grateful if you could explain the process for me and give my constituents and I an idea of the timescales involved for a decision to be made on these.


I look forward to your response.


Yours Sincerely,


Gail Ross MSP

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