Gordonbush wind farmPublished: 10th August 2015
Updated 04/10/17 Read about the proposed extension of the Gordonbush wind farm in Sutherland and its impacts on wild land
A 35-turbine wind farm has been in operation at Gordonbush, approximately 12km north of Brora in Sutherland, since 2012. The site is right on the south-east boundary of Wild Land Area 35 (Ben Klibreck-Armine Forest), approximately 12km north west of Brora, in Sutherland.
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.
At the North Planning Applications Committee meeting of Highland Council in February 2016, Councillors supported their Planning Officer’s recommendation not to object to the extension, subject to the developer's agreement to remove one turbine and reduce the height of another.
We were naturally disappointed in the committee's decision and wrote to the Scottish Government's Energy Consents Deployment Unit expressing our concerns.
In September 2017 Scottish Ministers granted consent for the extension.
You can read our objection and letter to the Scottish Government in the downloads below.
Existing Gordonbush wind farm. Image credit: SSE website