Trust signals opposition to Glenmorie wind farm as PLI begins

Glenmorie wind farm would mean ‘open season on mountains of Easter Ross and Sutherland’

As a Public Local Inquiry gets underway (Monday 21 October) into an application for a giant wind farm in Glenmorie, Easter Ross, the John Muir Trust signalled its strong opposition to the development.

The site extends into an area identified in recent mapping by Scottish Natural Heritage as a ‘core area of wild land’.

Earlier this year Highland Council triggered the inquiry when councilors on the North Planning Application Committee voted unanimously to raise an official objection against the proposal.

The John Muir Trust is backing the council’s stance, and will be attending the hearing this week in Ardross.

Helen McDade, John Muir head of policy, said: “The Scottish Government is about to consult on its Core Wild Land Map of Scotland, which includes Glenmorie. We’d have preferred that this inquiry were delayed until the map is finalised, and until other contentious matters surrounding the application were resolved.

“But more important than the timing are the issues at stake. This part of the Highlands is one of Scotland’s finest wild land areas, yet it has been targeted relentlessly by developers over the past few years.

“Glenmorie would mark a tipping point, fundamentally changing this entire landscape, and send a message to developers that it is now open season on the mountains of Easter Ross and Sutherland.

John Hutchison, who is chairman of the John Muir Trust and a resident of the Highlands, added: “Councillors from across all political parties came together to object to this giant development on the grounds that it will disrupt wildlife and disfigure a scenic wild landscape.

“The Scottish Government was flooded with hundreds of letters of opposition. It would be a travesty of democracy if this development were to be steamrollered through in the face of such widespread and deep-rooted opposition from the community.”

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