Final settlement reached in Stronelairg campaign

Trust reaches settlement with Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) in Stronelairg wind farm legal case

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The John Muir Trust has agreed to pay Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE) £50,000 in final settlement of court costs for the Stronelairg legal case, bringing our campaign against the Stronelairg wind farm development to a conclusion.

The settlement is significantly less than the £350,000 which SSE was pursuing through the court system.

This agreement, combined with the £75,000 agreed with the Scottish Government last month, ends our liability for the Stronelairg legal case. The Trust is extremely grateful to our legal team who supported us throughout and minimised their costs where possible.

This is a positive outcome, and we are grateful to the many supporters of our Stronelairg campaign, who have enabled us to meet all of the legal costs from our existing campaign funds.

Next steps in our Wild Land Campaign

With your support, we will continue to work on the next stages of our Wild Land Campaign. Looking ahead, we see several challenges emerging, especially in the far north of Scotland. These include the Caplich windfarm, near Assynt, which goes to Public Local Inquiry in June and the re-submitted Limekiln windfarm, in west Caithness, which is likely to go to Inquiry.

Our campaign will focus on obtaining expert advice, attending Public Local Inquiries, and delivering reports and consultation responses to influence government policies.

The Trust believes in a more positive vision for this remote and beautiful area, and is actively supporting the campaign for World Heritage Status for the Caithness and Sutherland Flow Country peatlands.

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