Casework update: November 2017

Published: 29th November 2017

Find out about the latest development applications we are looking at in relation to wild land impacts

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Glenshero wind farm - a scoping application has now been submitted to Highland Council for this proposed major wind farm of up to 40 turbines on a site immediately south of the Stronelairg site, just north of the Corrieyairack Pass in the Monadhliaths. Public local exhibitions were held in Laggan and Fort Augustus earlier this month. The scoping documents can be viewed on the Highland Council website We are carefully evaluating the information available to date, pending the full planning application (the date for which is not yet known).

Thirlmere zip wire – given our interest in the Lake District in relation to Glenridding we are aware of and assessing the wild land impacts of the proposed Thirlmere zip wire application.

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Sallachy meteorological monitoring mast - in November 2015 the Scottish Government refused permission for a 22 turbine wind farm at Sallachy between Ben More Assynt and Loch Shin. The site lies within Wild Land Area 34, where a further wind farm (Glencassley) was also refused permission. The Trust campaigned vigorously against these two developments under the banner of our Area 34 campaign. The developers of the Sallachy proposal have recently submitted an application for a meteorological monitoring mast. In reality, this is to retain a mast which avoids a planning condition to remove it after five years. Read our objection here

Limekiln/Drum Hollistan wind farms in West Caithness - we are preparing for the conjoined Public Local Inquiry that is due to commence week 26 February 2018 in Thurso. The Trust has opposed these developments owing to their potential impact on Wild Land Area 39: East Halladale Flows. Limekiln was previously refused permission following a PLI which the Trust took part in, whilst Drum Hollistan is a more recent application. Read more here

Kingshouse Hotel redevelopment (Glencoe) - The 2017 planning application for redevelopment, to which the Trust objected, is still under consideration. A minor amendment has more recently been made to lower the roofline, which we are currently evaluating.

Cononish gold mine - revised plans were recently submitted for this consented and previously operational mine. We are currently evaluating the new application in terms of potential impact of the spoil heaps and associated buildings and infrastructure. You can review the application on the Loch Lomond & Trossachs National Park website

Find out how you can help to raise awareness of the need for Wild Land Areas to have greater protection by visiting our Keep it Wild campaign page

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