Plans for a wind farm in Aberdeenshire which sparked controversy have been turned down by the Scottish Government.
The energy company Amec had applied to build 40 turbines at Clashindarroch near Huntly.
Ministers have now sided with the argument of local campaigners who said it would be potentially damaging to the environment of the Deveron Valley.
An Amec spokesperson said the company was “surprised and disappointed” at the decision, and called for a meeting.
Amec applied for consent to construct the wind farm at Clashindarroch in 2003. The proposal was for 47 turbines, which was later reduced to 40.
A public local inquiry was held in May last year.
Amec said in a statement: “We are very surprised and disappointed at the decision and will be seeking an early meeting with the Scottish Government to explore and understand the reasons for refusal.”
Another wind farm near Aberfeldy in Perthshire was rejected, however one in Dumfries and Galloway was approved.
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