Beinn Mhor Wind Farm

Published: 22nd July 2015

Wind farm near Glen Affric rejected by Scottish Government on appeal.

An application for a six turbine wind farm at Beinn Mhor, 2km south-east of Tomich, near Glen Affric, was submitted in 2014. The developer was wpd.

We objected to the application in May 2014 on the basis that the development would impact on what was, at that time, proposed to be recognised as official wild land, as well as two National Scenic areas - Glen Afric (5km)and Glen Strathfarrar (10km). In June 2014 the official map of Wild Land Areas was published and established Wild Land Area 24: Central Highlands to the west of the proposed development.

In July 2015 the Beinn Mhor development was rejected by a Scottish Government reporter following an appeal by the developers. We welcomed this decision. We believe it was significant that a substantial section of that decision focused on wild land protection.

In our press release we urged the Scottish Government to move swiftly now to reject three other outstanding applications for much larger developments on wild land areas - at Sallachy and Glencassley in Sutherland, and at Allt Duine on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park.