Trust hails decision to reject Allt Duine wind farm

Hard fought victory for five-year campaign to stop the proposed Allt Duine Wind Farm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park

The John Muir Trust today welcomed a hard fought victory for the coalition of outdoors, environmental and community organisations which have waged a five year campaign to stop the proposed Allt Duine Wind Farm on the western edge of the Cairngorms National Park.

Those opposed to  the development included the John Muir Trust, the Highland Council, Save Monadhliath Mountains, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the Cairngorms National Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage. Local people also expressed their overwhelming opposition to the development in a ballot organised by the Kincraig and Vicinity Community Council.

Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust, said: "The battle to save this precious area of wild land has been long and hard. We are delighted that the Deputy First Minister John Swinney has come down on the side of the people and the landscape against the energy giant RWE.

"We are especially heartened by the Scottish Government’s growing recognition of the importance of landscape, which is in tune with the views of the big majority of the population of Scotland and of the Highlands as revealed in two major opinion surveys.

“We also welcome the Minister’s acknowledgment that Allt Duine would have adversely affected the Monadhliath Wild Land Area [WLA 20].

“Coming on top of recent decisions to reject wind farms that would have impacted on wild land areas in Glen Affric and Caithness, this gives us grounds for optimism.  

“We would now ask that the Scottish Government demonstrates its unequivocal commitment to the long term future of wild land by rejecting Glencassley and Sallachy, two other major developments on wild land in the Highlands that are awaiting ministerial decisions.”