Published: 17/04/2017 11:53 - Updated: 17/04/2017 11:56

Long wait for Reay windfarm decision

Inquiry could last eight months.
Inquiry could last eight months.

CAMPAIGNERS against a 24-turbine wind farm on the outskirts of Reay will have a long wait to find out if they have been successful as a public inquiry begins.

The Scottish Government has called for a report on Infinergy’s controversial plans for the development at Limekiln, sparking an eight-month inquiry process.

The firm wants to build 15 turbines which would stand 139 metres high and nine up to 126 metres tall.

This comes after Highland Council’s north planning committee unanimously objected to the proposal earlier this year.

The wind farm attracted more than 200 objections from addresses in Caithness and north Sutherland, who said the visual impact on the landscape would be unacceptable.

Scottish ministers referred the planning application to the department for planning and environmental appeals (DPEA) earlier this month. The department will hold a public enquiry before writing a report with recommendations for ministers.

A DPEA spokeswoman said: “The case only came to us a few days ago so it is in the very early stages.

“We will write a report, following a public inquiry, with recommendations for ministers.

“The timings vary from case to case but it is likely to take at least 32 weeks.”

But there is an added complication as Scottish Natural Heritage is at an advanced stage in an application to designate the Flow County as a world heritage site of special cultural or physical significance.

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