Published: 17/03/2015 17:04 - Updated: 17/03/2015 17:07

John Muir Trust calls on Scots Government to reject two Sutherland wind farms

Proposed developments at Sallachy and Glencassley are for 45 turbines.
Proposed developments at Sallachy and Glencassley are for 45 turbines.

The John Muir Trust has written to Energy Minister Fergus Ewing asking him to refuse consent to three huge wind farms in official Scottish Government Wild Land Areas.

Glencassley and Sallachy wind farms would both be sited on the west side of Loch Shin, within Wild Land Area 34.

The two developments would involve 45 turbines, each three times the height of the Skye Bridge, along with over 30km of new access tracks, and other infrastructure.

A third development, Allt Duine, would consist of a further 31 turbines, all  located within Wild Area 20, which covers the Monadhliath Mountains.

The letter, from Trust Chair Peter Pearson, points out that the Scottish Government has already rejected Glenmorie wind farm on the Sutherland/Easter Ross border on the grounds that it would have a detrimental impact on wild land.

They say: “That refusal sent a strong message to developers that it is inappropriate to bring forward large-scale wind developments in areas now recognised in Scottish Planning Policy as nationally important for their wild land qualities.”

The letter goes on to ask the Energy Minister “to make the same decision and refuse consent for the Glencassley,  Sallachy and Allt Duine wind farms, all of which impact significantly on Scotland’s flagship Wild Land Areas.”

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