Trust gives evidence on wild land at Caithness wind farm inquiry

Trust’s Head of Policy gives evidence at Public Local Inquiry into 24-turbine Limekiln wind farm, near Reay, Caithness.

The Trust’s Head of Policy Helen McDade last week gave evidence at the Public Local Inquiry (PLI) into a 24-turbine Limekiln wind farm, near Reay in Caithness.

Fifteen of the turbines are 139 metres high – more than one and a half times the height of Glasgow's Red Road flats. The development site adjoins the boundary of one of the recently-confirmed Wild Land Areas, East Halladale Flows.

Because of the adoption of the Wild Land Areas map by the Scottish Government in June of this year, the PLI, for the first time, included a specific session on wild land. This session lasted two days, giving a thorough airing of wild land issues, demonstrating the growing awareness about the importance of wild land.

Highland Council also gave evidence alongside the Trust, following the unanimous decision to oppose the scheme at a meeting of the North Planning Committee, where the application was described as “visually shocking” by nearby residents.

The Trust is confident that it presented its case effectively and is hopeful that the Reporter will advise that the development be rejected because approval would undermine the integrity of the Wild Land Areas map.

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