Strathy South wind farm, Flow CountryPublished: 20th November 2014
Updated 20/08/2015: Read about our opposition to the proposed Strathy South wind farm development and the PLI.
There are three wind farms proposed and/or under construction near Strathy, in Sutherland. We are opposing the Strathy South wind farm development. This would see 39 turbines up to 135m high in the Flow Country in the far north of Scotland. This is a landscape of striking natural beauty and international ecological importance and we do not believe it is appropriate to build such a development here.
Our objection in part is based on the cumulative impact this development would have. When added to Strathy North and Strathy Wood, this would total 98 turbines. Whilst the application lies outwith designated landscape area types it is within view of National Scenic Areas and Wild Land Areas 38: Ben Hope–Ben Loyal and 39: East Halladale Flows. To the west and north are the Assynt–Coigach and Kyle of Tongue National Scenic Areas.
The development would also have a significantly detrimental impact on ecologically sensitive and vital peatlands. You can read more about our concerns in the download below.
In April 2015 year we gave evidence, alongside others including the RSPB, in the first stage of a Public Local Inquiry into this development. The public inquiry concluded in June 2015 and in due course Scottish Ministers will make the final planning decision on the proposal.
Read our news piece about the Strathy South wind farm inquiry