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The developer behind plans to extend a controversial £25milion windfarm on the border of Sutherland and Ross-shire yesterday said the new turbines would not be visible from important local viewpoints.

Danish company RockBySea and Midfearn Renewables have applied for planning permission for two turbines measuring 325ft to tip of blade and producing a total of 4.6MW of electricity alongside the existing 17-turbine windfarm at Beinn Tharsuinn.

Locals campaigned against the original development by ScottishPower, which is off the B9176 Struie road, at Aultnamain, near Edderton, in Easter Ross, on the grounds that it would adversely affect the visual amenity of the area.

And they were concerned to learn that more turbines were proposed.

But RockBySea director Henrik Christensen yesterday said the new turbines would be completely invisible from the seven viewpoints considered important when the ScottishPower application was determined. He said this included the viewpoints at Bonar Bridge and those in the Dornoch Firth National Scenic Area.

He added that the proposed turbine sites were inside the boundaries of the earlier Beinn Tharsuinn development zone and were therefore carefully investigated in the environmental statements for that development. And he said there are no plans for any more turbines on the site.


17 February 2007

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