Casework update: October

Published: 26th October 2017

Read the latest news about developments impacting on or with the potential to impact on wild land and special landscapes

Crossburns wind farm (Highland Perthshire)

We welcome the decision by Scottish Ministers to refuse consent for this major wind farm two miles south east of Kenmore in Highland Perthshire. Crossburns would have been visible from the Trust's East Schiehallion property. The Trust gave evidence at a Public Local Inquiry into this case in November 2016. Read more

Cairn Duhie wind farm (north of Cairngorms National Park)

We are disappointed that this application has now been consented by Scottish Ministers. The Trust opposed this wind farm due to serious concerns that the development would contribute to and joins up an "arc" of wind farms approximately 10 kilometres to the north of the Cairngorms National Park. Read our original objection

Read a blog piece by Mel Nicoll, Campaigns Co-ordinator reflecting on the differing results for the Crossburns and Cairn Duhie cases and how this underlines the need for a more robust and consistent approach to wild land and special landscapes. 

Dell wind farm (between Stronelairg and Loch Ness)

The application for this 14-turbine wind farm, to the north of the consented Stronelairg site in the Monadhliath Mountains, has been refused by Highland Council due to adverse landscape and visual impacts. The Trust objected to this development in November 2014. Read the Highland Council decision letter NB: Highland Council planning portal can be "glitchy" and show documents as unavailable - please try later if you get this message!

Allt Fearna hydro scheme (Loch Quoich)

This application for a hydro scheme within Wild Land Area 18 Kinlochhourn-Knoydart-Morar has been refused by Highland Council. In January 2017 the Trust objected to this application. Read Highland Council’s decision letter here NB: Highland Council planning portal can be "glitchy" and show documents as unavailable - please try later if you get this message!

Kingshouse Hotel redevelopment (Glencoe)

We understand that demolition of the more recent extensions to the Kings House Hotel has recently commenced. This is in accordance with the 2016 planning application that was previously approved. The 2017 planning application for redevelopment, to which the Trust objected is still under consideration.

Other

We have recently been alerted to the following proposals:-

  • Glenshero – a major wind farm development which is expected to come into the planning system for “scoping” assessment in the beginning of 2018. The site is immediately south of the Stronelairg site, just north of the Corrieyairack Pass. Initial indications are that this will be for a 52 turbine development so are of concern and we wait further details. Public local exhibitions are to be held in Laggan and Fort Augustus on 20 and 21 November 2017.
  • Mamores Hydro - we are currently considering the potential impacts of a proposed 2MW hydro scheme near Mamore Lodge, Kinlochleven. If you are interested in this case you can read more on the Highland Council website NB: Highland Council planning portal can be "glitchy" and show documents as unavailable - please try later if you get this message!