Trust welcomes refusal of Crossburns wind farm near Loch Tay
Concerns over likely ecology, landscape and tourism impacts upheld
The John Muir Trust has welcomed the decision by Scottish Ministers to refuse consent for a major wind farm two miles south east of Kenmore in the heart of Highland Perthshire that would have been visible from the Trust's East Schiehallion property.
The Trust was among a number of organisations objecting to the application, including Scottish Natural Heritage, Perth & Kinross Council, RSPB and four neighbouring communities covering a vast area of Highland Perthshire.
The decision followed a site visit and extensive Public Local Inquiry at which the Trust and other organisations expressed concern about the impact of the scheme on surrounding Wild Land Areas.
John Muir Trust Policy Officer, John Low, who attended both the site visit and the Public Local Inquiry said: “This is the right decision by the Scottish Government. Highland Perthshire is the scenic heart of Scotland and already makes a major contribution to renewable energy targets, through its wind farms and hydro schemes.
“Local communities across Highland Perthshire were rightly concerned that this wind farm could have inflicted serious damage not just to the ecology and landscape of the area, but also to local businesses which rely on year-round tourism.
“The application has consumed a lot of time and money. Hopefully this decision will convince energy companies to seek more suitable locations in the future before they submit speculative applications.”