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Campaigners call for windfarm halt

Plans for up to seven new turbines on land at Dinichean, near Farr, south of Inverness, have emerged.

Airvolution Energy Limited wants to erect the 415ft masts, and create access tracks to the development, which would be called Carr Bann Windfarm.

It would be accessed from the B861, between Newton of Leys and Balnafoich, which in turn connects with the A9 Inverness to Perth trunk road.

The proposal sparked anger from one prominent anti-windfarm campaigner last night.

Pat Wells said the turbines would tower above the south side of Inverness, and communities in the area were being completely enclosed by the developments.

She added: “Scotland has met its renewable energy targets – there is no justification to continue destroying our natural heritage.”

Her sentiments were shared by fellow campaigner, Roger Croson, of Save our Strathnairn, who said the Carr Bann masts would be the tallest turbines in the area.

“They will be highly visible from the south-west, and only partially obscured by trees, which will all change when the trees are harvested,” he said.

“These proposals will mean Strathnairn will be surrounded – north, south, east, and west.”

Carr Bann is one of four new schemes in the UK being proposed by Airvolution Energy.

A spokeswoman for the company said it would be launching a website dedicated to the Carr Bann project.

A public information session will also be held at Farr Community Hall, on November 12, between 3-7pm.