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Rogart residents oppose Acheilidh Wind Farm, survey shows

By Caroline McMorran

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A NEW wind farm planned for the Rogart area has not found favour with local residents.

The majority of respondents to a survey carried out by Rogart Community Council were against the Acheilidh Wind Farm.

EnergieKontor hopes to build the 79.2MW wind farm along with 5MW of battery storage on land 7.6km south-east of Lairg and 8km to the west of Pittentrail.

Acheilidh Wind Farm would have 12 with the tallest reaching 230m.
Acheilidh Wind Farm would have 12 with the tallest reaching 230m.

It would have 12 turbines with a mix of tip heights with the tallest being around 230m – 20 turbines were originally proposed.

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A planning application has yet to be submitted for the development – formerly called Lairg III – but it is expected to be lodged shortly.

It will be decided by the Scottish Government rather than Highland Council because the wind farm will generate more than 50MW.

EnergieKontor has held a number of public engagement events at Rogart.

Rogart Community Council agreed at its January meeting last year to find out the community's views on the wind farm.

Members decided to carry out a survey via the local newsletter which is hand delivered to every household. Residents were asked to return the completed survey to a box provided at Rogart PO Stores.

At the last community council meeting on February 5, chairman Frank Roach said 102 residents had responded to the survey with 100 opposing the development and two in favour.

He said that the community council would form a view on the wind farm once a planning application was submitted.

“I would encourage everyone to comment (on the planning application), whether negative or positive,” said Mr Roach.

He added that another wind farm developer Low Carbon had contacted the council asking for a meeting to discuss another potential wind farm in the area.

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