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Status: In Planning

Beaw Field is located on Yell, one of the Northern Isles of Shetland. The exceptional wind resource on Shetland means that this area is ideally suited to wind farm development. 

The application for constructing and operating a 17 turbine wind farm, north of Burravoe on Yell was submitted to the Energy consents Unit in March 2016.

The Scheme

Following over two years of baseline environmental and technical studies alongside useful feedback from local communities an application has been lodged for 17 wind turbines up to 145m tip height.

As the project will be above 50MW, it has been submitted to the Energy Consents Unit (ECU) as a section 36 project. Statutory stakeholders such as SEPA, SNH and The Shetlands Isles Council (SIC) will have an opportunity to comment on our proposals through the planning process and their views will help the Energy Consents Unit to make a recommendation on the scheme to the Scottish Ministers who will ultimately determine whether or not the scheme should go ahead. 

A key part of our work is to ensure that the potential impact of any new wind farm on the natural environment and surrounding communities is fully understood. That’s why a wide range of assessments has been undertaken at Beaw Field involving extensive surveys and studies, guided by the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) regulations.

The results of the surveys have been collated into an Environmental Statement (ES) which has been submitted with the application for consent. A wide range of stakeholders will consider the application and ES before providing a formal response to the Energy Consents Deployment Unit (ECDU).

A full copy of the ES can be viewed at the following locations:

Shetland Isles Council offices, Lerwick, Shetland;

Burravoe Public Hall, Burravoe, Yell, Shetland; and

The Scottish Government Library, Edinburgh

Additional hard copies are available at cost, electronic copies and copies of a short non-technical summary are available free of charge. Please contact us if you would like a copy.

The ES considers the following topics:

  • Landscape and Visual
  • Cultural Heritage
  • Ecology
  • Ornithology
  • Noise
  • Traffic and Transport
  • Water environment
  • Ground conditions and Geology
  • Aviation
  • Telecommunications
  • Shadow flicker
  • Socio-economic impacts
  • Access and Recreation

Beaw Field Wind Farm Plan

The Benefits

  • Peel energy is committed to providing lasting and tangible benefits to the communities in which it operates
  • We are committed to providing a community benefit package at Beaw Field equivalent to £5000/ MW. 
  • This benefit package could take many forms and we will be requesting the views of local communities on this in the coming months.

Other benefits are likely to include:

  • A habitat management plan focussed on improving habitat for some of Shetlands most iconic species.
  • A peat management plan looking to restore areas of degraded poor quality peatland.
  • Improved road surface on route to wind farm.
  • Cooperative ownership giving communities the opportunity to own part of the scheme.
  • Substantial business rate payments to Shetland Isles Council.

Photomontage - Illustrative View From Burravoe Old Haa

Photomontage - Illustrative View From Gossabrough Beach


Beaw Wind Farm Exhibition

Beaw Wind Farm Exhibition

The application for development consent has been submitted to the Energy Consents Unit (ECU) as a section 36 project following a full environmental impact assessment and a detailed programme of community consultation.

Public consultations were held in April and September 2015. Please see publications list below for all the material from these meetings.

Have Your Say!

Submit your representations to the application by email to the Energy Consents Unit at:


or by post to:

The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU.

Representations must state:

  • The name of the scheme (Beaw Field Wind Farm)
  • The date of your representation
  • Your name
  • Your full return email and postal address

Further Information


Bernadette Barry, Development Manager
Email: bbarry@peel.co.uk   Call: 0161 629 8361


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