Scottish government rejects onshore wind farm

14 June 2012 (Last Updated June 14th, 2012 18:30)

The Scottish government has rejected Spittal Hill Windfarm's plans to build a 77.5MW wind farm in Caithness.

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The Scottish government has rejected Spittal Hill Windfarm's plans to build a 77.5MW wind farm in Caithness.

This is the first time Scotland has rejected a wind farm project in four years.

Scotland Energy Minister, Fergus Ewing, said the project would have a negative impact on nearby properties and views of the landscape.

"Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy that is delivering jobs and investment across Scotland, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefit from renewable energy - but not at any cost and we will ensure a balanced approach in taking forward this policy, as we have in the past and will in future.

"The Scottish Government wants to see the right developments in the right places and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable."

The local planning authority, the Highland Council, objected to the application. A public local inquiry, held in May 2011, concluded that noise from the turbines could potentially have been heard from residents in 89 properties, within a 2km radius.


Image: the proposed 30-turbine farm recieved 1,546 letters of complaint. Credit: courtesy of FreeDigitalPhotos.net