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Wind farm footprint maps

The Scottish Government is considering how to respond to calls for more transparency and accuracy in wind farm mapping in Scotland, including how to incorporate smaller scale schemes. There will be an update on this within the next Renewables Routemap update due shortly.

To help provide a national overview of wind farm development in Scotland, we produce wind farm footprint maps based on our own database of wind farm proposals. The map is currently updated every 12 months and will therefore not contain all wind farm proposals, nor will it reflect recent changes in status. The wind farm footprint map is intended to provide an overview only. However, users should note:

  • the map is updated regularly, but will never be 100% accurate;
  • there are several 'gaps' on the map where we are seeking appropriate mapping of proposals to add to the map;
  • the map should not be used to form the basis of detailed environmental assessment or regional planning work - it is an overview only;
  • the map shows the approximate physical footprint of the wind farm and is usually based on the site boundary as shown on the Environmental Statement (where we don't have site boundary, a turbine 'envelope' is used instead, using the outer turbine locations);
  • it will often include site access tracks, but generally excludes grid connections;
  • the map does not show the 'visibility' footprint of the wind farms, it shows the physical footprint only;
  • it is acknowledged that the word 'footprint' could be misleading - it does not represent the physical footprint of the turbines (or their foundations) themselves - it shows the area of land occupied by the windfarm and is intended to illustrate the relative scale of wind farm proposals;
  • the map only shows wind farms which are installed, consented, in planning or at scoping stage - it does not show proposals which have been withdrawn or refused consent;
  • the map does not include small domestic wind turbines and generally only includes wind turbines of greater than 50m in height;
  • the map only includes proposals which SNH are consulted on, some small wind clusters or community scale proposals, which have not been reviewed by SNH may not appear.

The August 2013 version is available below. The new format splits Scotland in to 4 sections and provides a more detail map for each, with a numbered key for the wind farms.  The first page still provides the national overview, minus the names of the wind farms.  The map is designed for printing at A3, but can be printed at A4 as well.  We would welcome your feedback on the new format.

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document  (August 2013) - Map

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document (August 2012) - Map

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document (July 2011) - Map

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document   (February 2011) - Map

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document   (October 2010) - Map

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document   (February 2010) - Map

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document   (September 2009) - Map 

Wind farms in Scotland  PDF document   (January 2009) - Map 

Wind farms In Scotland  PDF document (August 2008) - Map (GIS dataset)

For the data underlying these maps, please go to Natural Spaces

Please direct any queries about the wind farm footprint map to Mareike Moeller-Holtkamp: 01786 450362

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