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Community wind farm bid revised

Shetland Viking Energy windfarm protest
Thousands of people have signed a petition against the plans

Developers behind proposals for Europe's largest community wind farm in Shetland are to revise their plan after a wave of protests from objectors.

The Viking Energy project, for 150 turbines, is a joint venture between Scottish and Southern Energy and the island community.

Concerns have been raised by islanders, as well as RSPB Scotland and Scottish Natural Heritage.

A revised environmental statement will not be submitted until next year.

The delay means a planning application on the project will not be submitted before March next year at the earliest.

It has been estimated the project could make £37m a year locally and create many jobs.

However, thousands of people have signed a petition against the plans.



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