Winds of change? Crofting, community and renewable energy development in the Hebrides

This is a blog (sign)post, directing to another blog post that has just been published over at the School of Law at the University of Aberdeen’s blog.

Needless to say, I wrote yonder blog post. The legalities of it made me think it was appropriate to post over at the uni rather than on my own WordPress, but do rest assured I did run it past colleagues to ensure I was not just using the cachet of a School of Law blog to make a point.

I hope the post serves as a decent primer to all the crofting issues that surround this particular potential onshore wind farm development up in Lewis. I am aware it is quite lengthy: it weighs in at 4,000 words or so. (I am not sure if a post of that length still counts as a primer.) That attracted comment from one colleague who looked at the post; indeed, I broke my own rule about optimum length for a blog post. The logic for such a lengthy post was to set out crofting law as best I could to any non-specialists that might be reading, and also to cover off any issues in as balanced a fashion as possible. And believe me, the post could have been longer, if I had tried to capture all the energy and planning niceties that are also in play.

I will leave that post to speak for itself, although I will offer a final comment before I do so. I am aware that – despite my own connections to Point – I am on the outside looking in. I am also aware that as far as many people are concerned the stakes are high. This meant I did not tread on this ground lightly. Now that I have done so, I do hope the post serves a useful purpose and is received by all parties in the spirit in which it was intended. I would be happy to continue with any dialogue around this topic as best I can.


About basedrones

Bachelor of Laws. Scots lawyer working at the University of Aberdeen. English law qualified. Took far too long to write this bio. Blogs on legal issues, with occasional veering into other purportedly intellectual stuff from time to time. Tweets about legal issues, education, law clinics, fitba, music, rogue cell division and not at all about politics at @MalcolmCombe.
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