Glen Etive hydro schemes

Published: 28th February 2019

Find out about proposals for seven hydro schemes in Glen Etive, including three in officially-recognised wild land

In summer 2018 planning applications were submitted to Highland Council for seven hydro-electric schemes in Glen Etive, including three in Wild Land Area 9: Loch Etive Mountains - Allt Mheuran, Allt Ceitlein and Allt Chaoarainn. The Trust took a decision in August 2018 to object to these three schemes due to wild land impacts.

In November 2018 the developer withdrew two of the seven schemes - the Allt Fhaolain and Allt Mheuran schemes (the latter being in the WLA) - before resubmitting these as new cases. The Trust reviewed the Allt Mheuran revised scheme, given its previous interest. The new proposals reduced the intakes from two to one and there were also changes to/implications for the specification of the access tracks, length etc. We concluded not to comment further.

Highland Council approved all seven schemes at its South Planning Applications Committee meeting on 20 February. Following this, Councillor Andrew Baxter, Fort William and Ardnamurchan Ward, secured sufficient support from councillors for the decision on the three schemes in the Wild Land Area to be reconsidered by the full Council. Read a letter we sent supporting this action being taken to try and avoid damage to the Loch Etive Wild Land Area. 

The schemes were subsequently approved at a full council meeting on 20 March. Read our news piece in response

Glen Etive - David Lintern

Photograph by David Lintern shows Glen Etive in summertime.