Rannoch wind farm would fatally undermine wild land map
Trust to fight 24-turbine application in heart of wild land area
The John Muir Trust has urged everyone concerned about the future of Scotland's wild land to object to a major wind farm on the Talladh-a-Bheithe estate between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht.
As well as being located in the heart of the Wild Land Area Rannoch-Nevis-Mamores-Alder, the 24-turbines each 125 metres high, would be visible from over 30 Munros and Corbetts, the iconic West Highland Railway line and the A82 – the main tourist route through the West Highlands.
The Trust is set to submit its own detailed objection to both Perth and Kinross Council and the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit (ECDU).
John Low, Policy Officer at the John Muir Trust, said: “Just last month the Scottish Government agreed a Wild Land Areas map, along with new planning documents proposing stronger protection for these areas from large-scale energy developments.
“This followed two separate public consultations, both of which backed the Wild Land Areas map by a majority of more than three to one.
“If this application were to succeed, it would fatally undermine the map and make a mockery of the democratic procedures of the Scottish Parliament.
“We would ask local residents and visitors familiar with the area to submit their own objections to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unitand copy it to Perth and Kinross Council before the closing date of Tuesday 5 August.”
The application has been submitted by Netherlands-based developer, Eventus BV, of which the Talladh-a-Bheithe landowner is a major shareholder.
Comments are due by 5 August - more information on how to object here
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