Stronelairg: Trust welcomes vote for council site visit

Highlands North Planning Applications Committee to visit site of giant wind development

The Trust welcomed the decision of the Highland Council’s South Planning Applications Committee to vote for a site visit, before taking a decision on whether to object to the Stronelairg wind development in the heart of the Monadhliath Mountains.

In mid-February, the council’s North Planning Application Committee voted to object to proposals for wind farms on wild land at Dalnessie and Glenmorie after site visits to the proposed developments.

Fraser Wallace, Policy Officer of the John Muir Trust said: “Most of Scotland’s wild land is in the Highlands, so it is encouraging that Highland councillors are increasingly questioning the wisdom of constructing industrial-scale wind developments on rugged landscapes.

“By visiting the Stronelairg site, councillors will have a chance to visualise the sheer scale of the damage that would be wreaked on this vast area of wild land one and half times the size of the city of Inverness.

“They will also be better placed to assess the dangers of excavating up to a million tonnes of rock from the sensitive peatlands in and around Stronelairg to build the infrastructure of the site, which will include concrete foundations and 40 miles of access roads.

“We are confident that when they have all the available information to hand, Highland Council will join with expert bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage, the Cairngorms National Park, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, and the John Muir Trust in rejecting this proposal.”

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