Residents of the Rogart area and members of local protest group "No More Wind Farms" were in celebratory mood today as they learned that the appeal to develop a wind farm at had been turned down.
"This comes as a wonderful endorsement of the decision made by local councillors earlier this year not to support any more turbine development in this area," said David Graham, No More Wind Farms spokesman.
He continued: "This part of Sutherland is already ringed with white turbines and they are congesting and ruining this beautiful landscape that we all love. One more wind turbine is one too many.”
The protest group have been active ever since the proposed development at Tressady was announced, as part of a wider project working against the designation of that part of the Highlands as a high priority "red zone" for wind turbine development.
"The job is not done yet" says Graham. "We have this good news about Tressady now - but we must be on the alert to protect this part of the north east Highlands.
“We are not anyone s ‘red zone’ here. We are talking about people’s lives and sense of well-being. Many people in the Rogart area feel hemmed in already by the number of turbines all over the hills. "The next development that is going through the approval process is on the hills at Balnacoil, overlooking Strath Brora and just above the historic broch by the Blackwater River.
Wind Prospect Developments submitted the appeal over planning consent for Tressady on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables in April this year.
Their Development Manager Sophie Nioche said today: “We are extremely disappointed by the Scottish Government’s decision to dismiss the appeal for the Tressady wind farm proposal, particularly considering the project received a recommendation to grant planning permission from a Highland Council’s principle planner.
"Renewable energy projects like the one we proposed for Tressady can provide a range of new opportunities for the people who manage or work on the land in the local area.
"This project could have delivered substantial benefits to people in the local area and we maintain that the site is an excellent location for this type of scheme. We will therefore review the decision in detail and consider our options going forward.”