Drum Hollistan wind farm objection

Published: 12th September 2017

Read about the Drum Hollistan wind farm proposal near Reay(Caithness)

Update 27 June 2019: We welcome the refusal of the Drum Hollistan wind farm application but are disappointed at the decision to approve the nearby Limekiln development. Read our news release here

Update 19 September 2018: Flow country wind farm petition delivered to Scottish Parliament. See news item

Update 19 July 2018:- Read an article which appeared in the Caithness Courier in June about a local petition.

Update 14 March 2018:- The John Muir Trust, alongside RAWOG (Reay Area Windfarm Opposition Group), Scottish Natural Heritage and the Highland Council gave evidence at the Public Local Inquiry. Read more here

Update 29 January 2018:- The Trust has now submitted its written evidence to the Public Local Inquiry, which starts week 26 February. Contact the Trust if you would like further information.

Update 13 November 2017: The Public Local Inquiry (into both Drum Hollistan and Limekiln) is due to commence 26 February 2018 and is expected to be in Thurso.

Update 13 September 2017:- Highland Council reached a decision to object to this Section 36 application in June 2017, triggering a Public Local Inquiry (PLI).The Drum Hollistan applicant requested that the PLI be conjoined with the proposed PLI into the re-submitted Limekiln wind farm application. Following a Pre-Examination Meeting (PEM) on 31 August, the Scottish Government's reporters have concluded it would be appropriate to hold a conjoined Public Local Inquiry into the two applications. A second PEM is due to take place to discuss arrangements.

We believe the massive structures (maximum height to blade tip of 140m) proposed for this develoment are inappropriate to the landscape of the area, will have a detrimental impact on the peat on site and will have a negative socio economic impact.

The proposed wind farm is beside Wild Land Area 39: East Halladale Flows, which is one of a group of three areas distinguished by extensive low lying peatland, in contrast to many of the more mountainous WLAs.