Gordonbush wind farmPublished: 10th August 2015
Updated 28/02/19 Read about changes proposed to Gordonbush wind farm extension in Sutherland
A 35-turbine wind farm has been in operation at Gordonbush, 12km north west of Brora in Sutherland, since 2012. The site is right on the south-east boundary of Wild Land Area 35 (Ben Klibreck-Armine Forest). In 2015 the operator SSE applied for consent to extend the wind farm by an additional 16 turbines.
We objected on the basis of the wild land impacts, in particular the cumulative impacts. We also expressed concern about peatland and socio-economic impacts. Highland Council decided not to object, subject to the developer's agreement to remove one turbine and reduce the height of another. The final decision rested with the Scottish Government and we followed up our objection with a letter to its Energy Consents Unit to express our concerns, but the extension was later given consent. The extension has not yet been built.
Update February 2019: Proposals have now been submitted to reduce the number of turbines in the extension from 15 to 11 but to increase their height from 130m to 149.9m. We have submitted an objection given the additional visual impact these changes would have. You can read our comments to these latest proposals, along with our original objection and letter to the Scottish Government, in the downloads below.
Existing Gordonbush wind farm. Image credit: SSE website