Trust prepares for Crossburns wind farm PLI

Site visit and public exhibitions ahead of Crossburns wind farm Public Local Inquiry

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A site visit took place on Tuesday ahead of a Public Local Inquiry (PLI) into Crossburns – the latest in a series of industrial-scale wind farms proposed for Highland Perthshire, an area renowned for its scenic landscapes.

The John Muir Trust is concerned that this development will significantly impact on views from its property Schiehallion and wild land, and have a negative socio-economic impact on the tourist and visitor economy of the area.

Crossburns would comprise 25 turbines, up to 115 metres high, and would be sited immediately alongside the existing Calliachar wind farm, itself the focus of two PLIs. Local conservation charity the John Muir Trust opposes the development and will be giving evidence at the PLI, which starts in Aberfeldy on 15 November.  

John Low, Policy Officer with the John Muir Trust said: “The site visit took in a number of important landscape viewpoints, including Glen Quaich and the Rob Roy Way. It was well attended, including representatives of community councils, Perth and Kinross planning officials, the John Muir Trust and the applicant.  

“Despite poor weather in the morning it cleared up by the afternoon and allowed the Reporters for the PLI to clearly see the potential impact on the surrounding landscape. The development is, to all intents and purposes, an extension of the existing Calliachar wind farm and on land previously deemed unsuitable for such development.

“The site visit was a potent reminder of what is at stake here. Highland Perthshire is already making a major contribution to renewable energy targets from existing capacity and we are concerned that we are now reaching tipping point. ”

In September 2015 Perth and Kinross Council lodged an objection to the Crossburns application, triggering a Public Local Inquiry.

Members of the public will have a chance to find out more about the Trust’s case against Crossburns at public exhibitions the Trust is holding in Birnam on Monday 26 September and Aberfeldy on Tuesday 27 September. These will run from 4-8pm and will give an opportunity to meet Trust staff and hear about the case the Trust will be making at the Public Local Inquiry.