The planning application was scrutinised exhaustively
The final decision to approve the Viking Wind Farm in 2012 was made by Scottish Ministers. But the planning application was scrutinised exhaustively by statutory consultees Scottish Natural Heritage, Scottish Environmental Protection Agency and Shetland Islands Council (as the local planning authority) and a broad range of non-statutory consultees.
The non-statutory consultees included the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), Historic Scotland, Scottish Water, the Crown Estate, Defence Estates, the Health and Safety Executive (HSE), Marine Scotland, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, RSPB, Shetland Amenity Trust and Sustainable Shetland.
Like all major planning applications, it was open to members of the public to object to or support. A total of 3,881 public representations were made to the Scottish Government of which 2,772 were objections and 1,109 were in support of the development .