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Councillors ‘fail Scotland’ with Sallachy and Glencassley windfarm vot

Scottish mountaineers expressed dismay at the decision of councillors not to oppose the building of two windfarms in a national scenic area.

Highland Council’s north planning applications committee today followed its officers’ advice and said it would not object to the Sallachy and Glencassley developments.

The schemes, involving a total of 48 turbines, will now be considered by the Scottish Government.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland said the councillors had failed the Scottish public.

Ron Payne, MCofS director of landscape and access, said: “A few weeks ago there was fighting talk from Highland Council saying it would write to the Scottish Government about windfarms.

“Today the councillors have failed Scotland, its people and its most precious landscapes by refusing to oppose industrial-scale proposals that will blemish some of our most beautiful mountain landscapes.

“We are now looking to Scottish Government minister Fergus Ewing to defend our natural heritage and halt these schemes.”

The applications are being made by SSE Generation at Glencassley and WKN Sallachy at Sallachy.

Neither company had replied to our request for a statement at the time of publication.