Victory for wild land and common sense

Trust welcomes Highland Council decision to refuse permission for 14-turbine wind farm at Carn Gorm, near Ben Wyvis.

The Trust welcomed the Highland Council’s decision to refuse permission to build a 14-turbine wind farm at Carn Gorm near Garve, adjacent to a key Wild Land Area near Ben Wyvis.

The council set out three reasons for its decision, including the fact that the development “would be detrimental to Wild Land Area 29 – Rhiddoroch-Beinn Dearg-Ben Wyvis”.

The Trust’s Head of Policy, Helen McDade, said: “This is a victory for wild land and for common sense. The Trust vigorously objected to the development. We are delighted that the Highland Council has taken this decision.

“We are especially heartened at the council’s recognition that this development would potentially undermine one of the recently mapped Wild Land Areas, as recognised in Scottish Planning Policy 2014.

“This decision should send a clear message to developers to steer clear of the 42 Wild Land Areas mapped earlier this year by Scottish Natural Heritage and supported by the John Muir Trust.”

“The Trust is committed to the Scottish Government’s greenhouse gas emissions reduction targets. But we do not believe the construction of industrial-scale wind energy developments on or around wild land is necessary to achieve these targets."

The council’s decision also took into account the cumulative impact of existing wind farms, and the effect on both tourism, and on the quality of life for local residents of a development which would have been visible from major routes, including the A832 and the iconic Dingwall to Kyle railway line.

UPDATE: At the end of 2014 the developer lodged an appeal to the Scottish Government. Find out more about Carn Gorm wind farm