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Plans for Corriemoillie wind farm to be considered  

Credit:  BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk 1 March 2011 ~~

Proposals for a 19-turbine wind farm are expected to be considered by Highland councillors later.

The Corriemoillie wind farm, near Garve, has been recommended for approval by Highland Council planning officials.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has suggested that the scheme be reduced by eight to 10 turbines.

It has also recommended that any construction work should avoid disrupting black grouse leks.

The E.on Climate Renewables’ site is not in a protected area, but a report to Highland councillors said land nearby provided habitat for otter, water vole, bats and rare birds.

Flight paths of red-throated divers were considered, however, the report said it was “very unlikely” the birds would be adversely affected.

The site lies within a military tactical training area for aircraft and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has asked that the turbines do not exceed 125m (410ft) in height.

The MoD also asked for lighting for alerting aircraft to the turbines be installed and prior warning be given ahead of construction work.

Highland Council received 473 objections to the project and 87 letters in support.

Source:  BBC News, www.bbc.co.uk 1 March 2011

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