Scottish Government refuses consent for two wind farms
Minsters in Holyrood have refused consent for two new wind farms on the grounds they would both an ‘unacceptable impact’ on wild land.
The first application was for a 22 turbine wind farm located at Sallachy and Duchally estate in central Sutherland.
The second was for a 23 turbine wind farm situated at Glencassley Estate, by Lairg also in Sutherland, and was submitted by SSE.
For both applications, Ministers concluded that on balance the impacts of the proposed developments would not be outweighed by any wider policy benefit.
“We have been clear that wind farms can only be built in the right places and Scottish Planning Policy sets out rigorous steps to ensure wind farms are sited appropriately and sensitively,” said Scottish Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing.
“I have considered these applications fully and recognise the efforts made by the applicants to mitigate the potential impacts of the Developments. However I have refused permission as the proposals would still have significant and unacceptable landscape and visual impacts in the local areas and these are not outweighed by any wider policy benefit.”
A spokesperson for SSE said: “We are very disappointed with the decision by Scottish Ministers to refuse consent for Glencassley wind farm. We will examine the decision in detail and consider all options for the project before commenting further.”
Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues