Strathnairn Community Benefits Limited
COMMUNITY GROUP: Strathnairn Community Benefits Limited
DEVELOPER: RWE Npower renewables Limited
DEVELOPMENT NAME: Farr
YEAR OF COMMISSION: 2006
Following advice from The Highland Council, Strathnairn Community Council decided to set up a new, constituted community body to administer community benefit payments from RWE NPower’s Farr windfarm. The neighbouring Strathdearn Community Council was also involved in discussions, and the funds are split between the two groups and their relevant bodies.
Setting up the community body was supported by legal advice, funded by the community council. Solicitors looked at the legal agreements from the developer and helped the community to create their own documents for the new company. Strathnairn Community Benefit Fund is established as a charity and a limited company, with the Strathnairn Community Council as its sole shareholder.
When the company was set up, a notice was put to the community asking for volunteer directors. Interviews were conducted by the community council, and the selected directors were placed on the board of the SCBF. Further decisions are now confirmed at the AGM.