Wild Land Campaign update October 2013
An update on the Stronelairg and Glenmorie cases.
Further to our Judicial Review against Highland Council's decision not to object to the Stronelairg development in a search area for wild land, the Trust was very disappointed to be refused a Protected Expenses Order (PEO) which would have limited our liability to the other side's costs.
Lord Bannatyne concluded the Trust could afford the Judicial Review without the PEO. However the Trust was pleased that the judge agreed with us that the Highland Council's decision was subject to the public participation provisions of the Environmental Impact Assessment Directive.
The Trust is considering the implications of the ruling. The Judicial Review is due to be heard in December.
The Trust’s head of policy Helen McDade spent last week giving evidence at the Public Local Inquiry into the Glenmorie wind farm in Easter Ross. The development, comprising 34 turbines, would have a significant impact on a Search Area for Wild Land.
Local people, organised around the Save Our Straths campaign, expressed appreciation of our support. The Trust is confident that we presented our case effectively and we are hopeful that the Reporter will advise that the development be rejected on landscape and wild land grounds. The Minister’s decision is not expected for up to a year.