Wind farm rejected in wild area

A reporter refused permission for a five-turbine wind farm in the Highlands of Scotland.

In the reporter’s view the commercial scale wind farm with turbines of one hundred and twenty five metres in height sited on high ground would result in some landscape and visual impacts in an area of high sensitivity, which had to be balanced against valuable renewable energy production and other benefits of the development in the terms of development plan policy.

The appellant argued the potential local benefits of a locally owned sustainable business and income for the local community would outweigh any negative environmental effects. The reporter, however, disagreed, highlighting the impact on the natural beauty of a wild area popular with tourists and loss of peatland, concluding the proposal conflicted with development plan policy and supplementary guidance.  

Reporter: Keith Bray; Written representations

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