Carn Gorm wind farmPublished: 5th February 2014
Updated 09/11/15 Scottish Government reporter upholds rejection of proposed wind farm near Ben Wyvis
An application for a 14 turbine wind farm at Carn Gorm, near Ben Wyvis, north of Inverness, was submitted in 2013 by developer PI Renewables. This was not the first proposed wind farm that would impact on wild land in that area - it followed an earlier application for the 17 turbine Clach Liath wind farm in June 2012, to which we objected.
We opposed the Carn Gorm development in February 2014. The planned development would sit partially within what, at the time the application was submitted, was proposed as Wild Land. It would also threaten peatland. We considered it was counter to both national and local development plans, policies and statements with regard to its visual impact on the landscape and potential economic impact on tourism. You can read our objection in the downloads below.
Subsequently, the official map of Wild Land Areas was adopted, along with new planning policy, in June 2014. This placed the development in the southern part of Wild Land Area 29: Rhiddoroch-Beinn Dearg-Ben Wyvis.
Highland Council refused the development but that decision was challenged by the developer. A Public Local Inquiry was scheduled to take place in June 2015 but was postponed until the week beginning 31 August. Our Policy Officer John Low gave evidence on behalf of the Trust.