Trust objects to Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm in the heart of Scotland

Trust lodges objection to proposed Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm in Wild Land Area 14 near Loch Rannoch.

The Trust has lodged an objection to the proposed Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm which would be constructed completely within Wild Land Area 14 Rannoch-Nevis-Mamores-Alder, 25 km south of Dalwhinnie and 14 km west of Kinloch Rannoch.

Situated in the heart of Scotland and in one of the last wild land areas of Scotland not to be blighted by wind farms the Talladh-a-Bheithe proposal is a major challenge to the Scottish Government’s new National Planning Framework (NPF3) (1) and its related Scottish Planning Policy (SPP2) (2).

Helen McDade, our Head of Policy, said: “The Trust believes that this development would be a ‘stab in the heart’ of Scotland’s wild land.

“Over the past year, the Scottish Government has made ground breaking progress by adopting the new Wild Land Areas map of Scotland and, for the first time, recognising wild land as an important national asset. We hope that the Government will refuse this application and live up to the spirit of National Planning Framework 3 which says ‘We also want to continue our strong protection for our wildest landscapes – wild land is a nationally important asset’.

“It is essential that Perth and Kinross Council provide a civic lead in this matter and formally object to what is a wholly inappropriate development.

“This is an insensitive proposal of 24 Turbines up to 125m high, visible from more than 30 Munros and Corbetts, in one of the last remaining areas of Scotland unspoiled by industrial scale renewable developments. In addition it would severely damage an extensive area of peatland which is a natural carbon store (3).

“The proposal is ill thought through and deficient in many ways, for example there are no details of how the component parts would be delivered to site without significant damage to this very sensitive environment.

“We have been supported in our objection by the Wildland Research Institute of Leeds University which is internationally recognised. Its mapping of existing wind farms shows how much of Scotland has been affected visually in the last few years. The potential impact of the Talladh-A-Bheithe development would scar the ‘heart’ of Scotland.

“The fact that the wind farm would be wholly within a Wild Land Area should, we believe, result in the Minister refusing this application in line with his reasoning for refusing the Glenmorie Wind Farm on Thursday 21 August 2014.”

Scottish Parliament debate Tues 30 September
Mid Scotland and Fife MSP Murdo Fraser has secured a Members’ Debate in the Scottish Parliament on Tuesday 30 September, following submission of motion S4M-10744 drawing attention to the planned Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm. The motion secured cross-party support - thank you to everyone who wrote to their MSP encouraging them to sign it.Supporters are welcome to attend the debate.

Book seats in the Public Gallery here or over the telephone 0131 348 5200, or via email at sp.bookings@scottish.parliament.uk The debate is likely to take place at about 5pm on Tuesday 30 September, so choose the 4-6pm slot when making your booking.

Notes

1. National Planning Framework 3 – Section 4.4

2. Scottish Planning Policy 2

3. Peat

4. See our objection to the Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm: landscape and visual impact assessment; Wildland Research Institute report on impact of wind farms in Scotland