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Glenmorie Wind Farm developers seek review of process of decision to refuse planning consent

The developers of the Glenmorie Wind Farm near Bonar Bridge are seeking a review of the process leading to the decision to refuse consent.

AES Wind Generation and Wind Energy believe that significant material issues were left out of the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals’ report and that the process leading up to the decision was flawed.

Glenmorie, made up of 34 turbiines, could generate up to 114 megawatts of electricity, enough to power up to 61,000 homes with renewable electricity, the developers claim.

A petition was submitted this week to the Scottish Court of Session by Glenmorie Wind Farm LLP for Judicial Review of the decision by Scottish Government to refuse consent in August this year.

Glenmorie Wind Farm LLP Project Manager Lizzie Foot said: “After significant consideration and legal advice, we have decided to petition for a Judicial Review of the decision. We support Scottish Government’s policy of approving the right wind farm in the right place, and we don’t believe the Energy Minister was given the proper information to enable him to make that assessment.”

The developers want to ensure that the procedures used to prepare information for the Energy Minister are rigorous, and believe that in this case there have been important omissions and errors which resulted in Minister Fergus Ewing reaching a negative view of the project.

It was in 2011 that an application was submitted to construct and operate Glenmorie Wind Farm, then made up of 43 turbines, but reduced to 34 turbines following extensive consultation.

The Highland Council objected to Glenmorie against a recommendation for approval from their Planning Officer, and a Public Local Inquiry followed in October 2013. Scottish Natural Heritage chose not to object to the application, and reiterated that view in September 2013 following the publication of the SNH Wild Land maps.

But on 21 August , Fergus Ewing refused the application.