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Highland windfarm rejected

Plans for a new windfarm in Sutherland have been rejected by the Scottish Government as being just one too many.

Wind Prospect Developments wanted to build 13 turbines to the west of Craggiemore on Tressady Estate, north-west of Rogart.

The company was developing the proposal on behalf of French energy giant EDF.

The scheme was refused by Highland councillors earlier this year after a site visit.

Members of the north planning committee felt that windfarm would create a ring of steel around local crofts.

But the developer lodged an appeal with the Scottish Government’s planning department.

Now the reporter, Alison Coard, has published her determination and refused planning permission for the 377ft devices.

She said that the proposals did not comply with the development plan and that the visual impact of the scheme “would tip the balance of acceptability”.

She added that in combination with the existing turbines at nearby Kilbraur “windfarms would become an over-dominant and distinguishing feature of the locality”.