Extension to one of largest wind farms in Europe refused

Extension to one of largest wind farms in Europe refused

Scottish ministers agreed with their reporters that the main issues in the case were the lanscape impact of the proposed wind farm extension and its impact on nearby residents. Minsters agreed that the extension would make a 12 MW contribution to the output of the existing 539 MW wind farm, one of the largest in Europe and this was a significant benefit.

Whilst the five-turbine extension appeared relatively limited, it would involve the clearance of forestry and demolition of a traditional farm cottage. Ministers held the extension would encroach into a settled valley landscape different from the plateau landscape the existing wind farm was largely confined to. This, they felt, would have an adverse spatial impact generally and have a substantial damaging visual impact on local residents who were already affected by the existing farm. Ministers also agreed with their reporters that the cottage should not be demolished as it represented an undesignated cultural asset of significance. The environmental negatives of the proposal outweighed the significant energy but limited economic benefits.

Inspector: M McChlery and Dannie Onn; Inquiry

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