Carn Gorm wind farm refused

Trust hails victory for wild land as Scottish Government Reporter upholds rejection of Carn Gorm wind farm

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A Public Local Inquiry (PLI) has backed Highland Council’s refusal of a proposed 14-turbine wind farm in the shadow of Ben Wyvis.

Today the John Muir Trust, welcomed the decision as another crucial victory in its long term campaign to protect Scotland’s wild places from industrial-scale development.

John Low, Policy Officer for the John Muir Trust gave evidence at the PLI in late August. He said: “Today’s decision emphasises the strong protection for wild land promised by the Scottish Government last year.

“We are especially heartened that in his 20-page ruling, the Scottish Government Reporter highlighted the detrimental impact on Wild Land Area 29 of the proposed scheme.

“In support of his decision, he also cited the latest Scottish Planning Policy, which points out that many of our more remote upland, mountain and coastal areas have little or no capacity to accept new development.

“Coming on top of a series of recent rulings to protect wild land at Glen Affric, Caithness, Highland Perthshire and the Monadhliath Mountains this latest decision suggests that the Wild Land Areas map seems to have introduced consistency into the decision-making process.

“We now hope that energy companies will get the message that future applications for large-scale wind farms impacting on Wild Land Areas are likely to fail.”

In June 2014, the Trust applauded the Scottish Government’s decision to formally recognise the importance of wild land in national planning policy documents, and to give official recognition to the Wild Land Areas map of Scotland, developed by Scottish Natural Heritage.

The Trust is continuing its campaign against a number of  applications for large scale wind farms in Wild Land Area 34 in Sutherland including  Sallachy and Glencassley. These  are still awaiting decisions by the Scottish Government.