The site is located approximately 6km south east of Oban, and is not subject to any environmental designations (e.g. Sites of Special Scientific Interest), historic designations (e.g. Scheduled Ancient Monuments), or national landscape designations (e.g. National Scenic Areas). With forestry and higher ridges sheltering the site, it is situated in a relatively flat area of heather moorland which is predominantly used for livestock grazing.
Identifying the site of the proposed wind farm takes into consideration a wide range of environmental and technical criteria listed below.
- landscape and visual impact
- cultural heritage
- hydrology & geology
- Ministry of Defence, Civil Aviation Authority, Electromagnetic Interference (TV signals)
- cumulative impact (effect of more than one wind energy development)
- local benefits
- wind speed
- grid connection
- site access
- existing land use
- land availability
- wind turbine type
The above criteria has been subject to further assessments and included in the Environmental Statement which has been submitted with the planning application.