[ exact phrase in "" ]

[ Google-powered ]

LOCATION/TYPE

News Home
Archive
RSS

Subscribe to RSS feed

Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

Sign up for daily updates

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links

Alerts

Press Releases

FAQs

Publications & Products

Photos & Graphics

Videos

Allied Groups

Objection to Highland windfarm backed by campaigners  

Credit:  Written by Niamh Forrest | 12/02/2016 | www.energyvoice.com ~~

Conservation charity the John Muir Trust has welcomed a decision by Highland Council to object to a proposed windfarm that would be partly built on designated “wild land” in Sutherland.

The Caplich scheme, three miles north of Oykel Bridge, was to be considered at next week’s north planning committee meeting – but officials registered the objection after consulting with local councillors.

Lanark-based Muirhall Energy is planning 20 turbines up to 433ft (132metres) tall. The application will be decided by the Scottish Government.

The trust’s policy officer John Low said the objection was in line with decisions last year to refuse applications for large-scale schemes at Limekilns, Allt Duine, Carn Gorm, Glencassley and Sallachy.

“We’re heartened that wild land is now receiving the protection it deserves,” he said.

“We’ve long argued that instead of covering Scotland’s wild land with turbines, pylons, power lines and access tracks, these areas could be transformed into living landscapes with local communities benefitting from nature-based jobs and year-round tourism.”

Disappointed by the council’s objection, project manager Peter Marshall said: “It’s concerning that they’ve decided not to follow the full democratic process and have instead made a decision under delegated powers in much the same way as a planning application for a house extension or a set of dormer windows would be determined.

“There appears to have been little consideration of the local economic benefits and a far greater emphasis placed on the long range views from mountain tops within the Assynt Coigach National Scenic area and on visibility from neighbouring ‘wild land areas’ – a designation which has been drawn by computer from an SNH office in Perth.”

Councillors have, meanwhile, been advised by their officials to approve a 16-turbine extension to SSE’s 35-turbine Gordonbush Windfarm at Brora when they meet next Tuesday.

The towers would be up to 427ft (130metres) tall. The decision was deferred for a site visit to be held on Monday.

Its operators SSE collected £137,394 compensation from electricity customers for the first five days of 2016 for switching off Gordonbush as part of the National Grid’s regular balancing of the electricity network.

That windfarm alone has received more than £10million in such payments since 2012.

SSE’s proposal to add turbines has prompted a si​ngle letter of support and 12 objectors’ letters.

The north planning committee will also be updated on a planned seven-turbine extension to Bettyhill Windfarm by Edinburgh-based BH Wind Energy involving turbines up to 410ft (125metres) high that would take its complement to nine turbines.

Source:  Written by Niamh Forrest | 12/02/2016 | www.energyvoice.com

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User contributions

Share:


« Later PostNews Watch HomeEarlier Post »

Get the Facts Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share

CONTACT DONATE PRIVACY ABOUT SEARCH
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.
Formerly at windwatch.org.

HOME
Follow Wind Watch on Twitter

Wind Watch on Facebook

Share