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Highland councillors oppose plans for 48 turbines  

Credit:  BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk 24 August 2010 ~~

Proposals for a 31-turbine wind farm and another with 17 turbines have been opposed by Highland Council.

Eurus Energy UK is planning the largest of the projects at Balnespick Estate and Forestry Commission Scotland land, near Tomatin.

Nan Clach Limited – a consortium between Cawdor Estates and Infinery – also has plans for a site near Tomatin.

Planning officials recommended that councillors oppose the projects because they would impact on the landscape.

The surrounding area includes Dava Moor and Lochindorb where there is a ruined castle on an island on a loch.

Also nearby are the Findhorn Terraces, the highest set of river terraces in Scotland.

Officials also said the proposals went against the council’s Highland Structure Plan.

Members of Nairn, Badenoch and Strathspey planning applications committee visited the proposed sites before considering the bids.

The Scottish government will now consider the Balnespick Estate project.

Source:  BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk 24 August 2010

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