Viking wind farm

Published: 27th May 2019

Read about the proposed Viking wind farm in Shetland

In 2009 we opposed the planning application by Viking Energy to develop a 150 turbine wind farm on mainland Shetland because of the very significant adverse visual and landscape impacts, including cumulative, of the proposed development, as well as impacts on ecology, peat and tourism and recreation. We maintained our objection when the scheme was reduced to 103 turbines.

We made a donation in June 2013 to a fund to help Sustainable Shetland mount a legal challenge against this giant wind farm. Although Sustainable Shetland were successful with their judicial review in the Outer Court of Session, the Scottish Government appealed and won in the Inner Court. A subsequent final appeal by Sustainable Shetland to the UK Supreme Court failed.

In January 2019 the developer applied to vary the consent by increasing the maximum tip height of the turbines from 145m to a maximum of 155m. Read our news article about this

Shetland Islands Council raised no objection. Ministers approved the application in May 2019.

Read our objections in the downloads below.