Griffin, Calliachar, Crossburns, Creag a'Bhaird and Dulater wind farmsPublished: 18th March 2014
Updated May 2019: Find out about windfarm developments in Highland Perthshire
A number of wind farms have been proposed in the Highland Perthshire area not far from our property at Schiehallion. Currently there are wind farms operational at Griffin (68 turbines) and Calliachar (14 turbines). In addition, the new Beauly-Denny transmission line passes through this area.
There have been two Public Local Inquiries into these developments and we played a key role, speaking out about the potential landscape and other impacts.
The Griffin development was approved in January 2008 and Calliachar in July 2010. Both are now operational. More recently, an application was submitted for a further seven turbines at Calliachar North. We welcomed the decision by Perth & Kinross Council in May 2014 to reject the application but the development was approved on appeal in March 2015.
Other applications in the area include Creag a'Bhaird, which we opposed in March 2014 on the grounds of visual, landscape and cumulative impacts, potential peatland impacts and the potential for adverse economic impacts from tourists being deterred from visiting the area. This application was rejected by Perth & Kinross councillors in March 2015, appealed by the developer but subsequently refused by a Scottish Government reporter.
Slightly further east, a proposal came forward in summer 2014 for the Dulater wind farm. This would have comprised 17 turbines above the village of Butterstone, outside of Dunkeld. The development site was only 2 kilometres outwith the Tay National Scenic Area boundary. A Public Local Inquiry took place in 2017. Scottish Ministers announched in May 2019 that they had refused the application.
UPDATE 9 OCTOBER 2017: CROSSBURNS REFUSED CONSENT - read the Reporters' conclusion here In November 2014 we opposed an application for a 25 turbine development at Crossburns, near Aberfeldy. We were concerned about the cumulative impact on the area which already has 91 installed turbines, many of which would be visible from Schiehallion on a clear day. We welcomed Perth & Kinross Council’s decision in September 2015 to object to the development, accepting its planning officials’ recommendation that approval would have an unacceptable and adverse impact and could lead to an unacceptable cumulative landscape and visual impact. Planning officials also made it clear that the majority (18) of the proposed 25 turbines appear to be in the same area as the original application for Calliachar in 2004 (46 turbines). The latter was refused following the outcome of the Public Local Inquiry into the Calliachar and Griffin wind farms in 2008. A Public Local Inquiry took place in November 2016 and the Trust gave evidence. We held public exhibitions in Birnam and Aberfeldy in late September to give local people a chance to find out more about the Trust’s case.