Appeal court overturns judge's decision to halt Stronelairg wind farm
Trust expresses disappointment after Inner House judges reverse earlier Court of Session ruling against giant wind farm
The Inner House of the Court of Session in Edinburgh has overturned Lord Jones decision to refuse planning permission for the 67-turbine SSE windfarm at Stronelairg in the Monadhliath mountains.
Stuart Brooks, Chief Executive of the John Muir Trust said: "We are extremely disappointed by the decision.
"We took out this legal action reluctantly because of the sheer scale of the development proposed by SSE in an area of wild land, the potential ecological damage to a vast area of peatland, and the breadth of opposition – which included Scottish Natural Heritage, the Cairngorms National Park Authority the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and three out of four local councillors. Objectors outnumbered supporters of the application by 15 to one.
"Lord Jones, in the initial judicial review, found in favour of the Trust’s legal arguments that Scottish Government had not followed the correct planning process. The Inner House judges have now disagreed with that assessment.
"We are confident that we did the right thing by challenging this decision – standing up against a scheme that could industrialise and decimate a precious area of wild Scotland.
"Your support for this campaign – including well over a thousand financial donations from our members and the public - has been fundamental to our ability to fight this case. We are extremely grateful - thank you."
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