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Developer bids to increase the height of Caithness turbines  

Credit:  By David Kerr | The Press and Journal | 15 February 2015 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk ~~

A developer wants to increase the height of turbines at a Caithness windfarm.

RWE Innogy has applied to increase the maximum height of their 13 turbine Bad a Cheo windfarm by around 23ft.

The company were awarded permission last year to erect 344ft turbines after an appeal to the Scottish Government.

They now want to build turbines which would reach a maximum height of 367ft.

Highland Council’s north planning applications committee will consider the application next week – and officials have recommended approval.

The same planning committee initially refused RWE’s plans for Bad a Cheo but it was subsequently approved by a Scottish Government reporter.

A spokeswoman for the company said: “There will be no change in layout of the turbines. The small increase in height would result in minimal noticeable change in appearance.”

The company have already changed one of the planning conditions associated with the development.

They had initially been asked by the government reporter to move a cairn commemorating the victims of a World War II plane crash but Highland Council agreed they didn’t have to.

The monument overlooks the site where a Flying Fortress bomber came down with the loss of six airmen and sits in a lay-by off the A9 Inverness-Thurso road.

Source:  By David Kerr | The Press and Journal | 15 February 2015 | www.pressandjournal.co.uk

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