Trust welcomes collapse of Rannoch wind farm application

Scottish ministers rule Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm application 'not competent'

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The John Muir Trust has welcomed the decision by the Scottish Government ministers and the Energy Consents Unit to rule ‘not competent’ the application for a major wind farm at Talladh-a-Bheithe estate on the edge of Rannoch Moor.

Ten months ago, local Keep Rannoch Wild campaigners highlighted irregularities in the application. The application appears to have mysteriously transferred to a newly incorporated UK-registered company, Talladh-a Bheithe Wind Farm Ltd two months after it was submitted in June 2014 by a shadowy Netherlands-based company, Eventus BV.

The letter from the Energy Consents Unit stated: “It has come to the attention of Scottish Ministers that the Applicant, Talladh-a-Bheithe Wind Farm Limited was not incorporated under the Companies Act 2006 as a private company until 28 August 2014.

Therefore having considered the circumstances of this application and noting the Applicant was not a legal entity at the date the application was made, Scottish Ministers are returning this application as not competent.”

Helen McDade, Head of Policy for the John Muir Trust said: “For the past 16 months, we have worked closely with the local Keep Rannoch Wild campaign and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland to stop this monstrosity in the heart of Wild Land Area 14, so we are delighted that the scheme has been deemed not competent.

“The decision will come as a huge relief to many in the local community who were horrified by the proposal to erect 24 turbines, each 125 metres high, in an area famed across the world for the wildness of its landscape and heavily dependent on tourism.”

“From the start, this was a speculative application by a front company set up by the landowner of the Talladh-a-Bheithe estate.

“Over the past 16 months it has consumed huge amounts of time, money and effort by campaign groups and by Perth & Kinross Council. The whole inept episode further underlines the need for strategic national planning to end the energy free-for-all.”

Click here for more information about why the John Muir Trust objected to the Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm