Highland Council has been accused of “flying in the face” of expert opinion by claiming too much land has been designated as “wild” on a map designed to control the spread of windfarms.
The local authority’s stance is also unpopular with anti-turbine campaigners, who welcome the designation of large areas of wild land.
The council claims the Core Areas of Wild Land identified on the map produced by Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) are too large because they include less wild land neighbouring the higher-value areas. But a conservation charity says the areas earmarked on the SNH map broadly coincide with the advice they have received from world experts on wilderness.
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