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Three approved land use plans apply in the area: The Regional Plan for the Central Highlands 2015, the Municipal Plan for Rangárþing ytra Municipality 2010-2022 and the Municipal Plan for the Skeiða & Gnúpverjahreppur Municipality 2004- 2016.

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Land use in the designated construction area

The Regional Plan defines the construction area as a ‘structural belt’ and ‘re-vegetation area’. The Municipal Plans define the proposed area partly as industrial, open, locally protected and uninhabited. There are also defined travel routes within the proposed wind farm area. The Municipal Plan for the Skeiða & Gnúpverjahreppur needs to be altered before a construction license can be issued for the wind farm.

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Land use

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Defined land use within the construction area and surrounding area according to the regional and municipal plans.

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Two land-use framework strategies for the utilisation of the area with regard to transportation, recreation and tourism have been approved by the relevant municipalities: The South Highlands- land-use framework strategy for Rangárþing ytra, Rangárþing eystra & Skaftárhreppur and the Þjórsárdalur- land-use framework strategy for recreation and tourism. Plans for the Búrfell Wind Farm will not have a direct effect on these policies.

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Travel routes

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Main travel routes in the area according to municipal plan and frame plan strategies.

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Protection provisions

There are various protection provisions that apply to the neighbouring areas of the construction area. However, the only provision within the construction area (proposals 1 and 3) is a locally protected area outlined in the Municipal Plan for Rangárþing ytra. The total size of the area protected by the provision is 183.8 km2 and stretches to Krókslón. The locally protected area covers 18.7 km2 of the construction site in proposal 1 and 9.4 km2 in proposal 3. Areas registered in the Nature Conservation Register are in the Þjórsárdalur Valley and to the south of the Búrfell Wind Farm. There is also a protected area to the east of Hekla that extends up to the Fjallabak area. The Regional Plan for the Central Highlands 2015 defines protected nature conservation areas for some of the most important natural sites in the highland area.

The development of the proposed Búrfell Wind Farm is outside the defined areas on the Nature Conservation Register and protected nature conservation areas in the Regional Plan for the Central Highlands 2015.

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Protected areas

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Protected areas according to the current land-use Plans and the Nature Conservation Register

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Búrfellslundur Wind Farm EIA report

The Búrfellslundur Wind Farm EIA report can be accessed here.
Further discussion on land use plans and protection is in chapter 4

EIA report

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