Strong defence of Highland Perthshire landscapes at Crossburns PLI
Public Local Inquiry into 25-turbine wind farm concludes
Last week the Trust took part as an objector in the Public Local Inquiry (PLI) into Crossburns wind farm near Aberfeldy. We have opposed this scheme mainly on the impact the 25 turbines would have on Wild Land Areas, particularly Schiehallion and Ben Lawers. We are also concerned about the potential cumulative impact if the Crossburns turbines are added to the 91 existing/consented turbines in this area.
John Low, the Trust's Policy Officer, commented at the close of the Inquiry: “In our original objection, in addition to wild land and landscape concerns, we had also questioned the developer’s statistical analysis of visitor/walker opinions and the potentially damaging socio-economic impact this development could have on the tourist and visitor economy of the area.
"The developer’s legal representative did not challenge my assertion that their statistics were statistically invalid due to the exceptionally small samples they used – as low as eight responses for one part of this.”
We are confident we made a strong case and that the Reporters are fully aware of the strength of feeling of the Trust, its members and the wider public. Many have commented that this part of Highland Perthshire’s special landscape is already subject to significant impact from industrial-scale wind farms and that Crossburns would be a wind farm too far.
The Inquiry has now closed and we await the Scottish Government’s decision in due course.
Meanwhile, our defence of wild land from industrial-scale development continues:
- In February 2017 we will be redoubling our efforts to protect wild land in the far north of Scotland from the proposed 20-turbine Caplich wind farm. This would be situated wholly within Wild Land Area 34, 5km north of Oykel Bridge, with turbines visible from iconic peaks such as Stac Pollaidh, Suilven and Canisp. The first stage will be the Pre Inquiry meeting and John Low will again be representing the Trust.
- In April 2017 the focus shifts to the Braeroy, Glenshirra and Creag Meagaidh Wild Land Area, near the Corrieyairick Pass, when a Public Local Inquiry begins into the Culachy wind farm.