Fury over windfarm plans for scenic Scottish landscape

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​John Muir Trust says new turbine development will be visible from 30 Munros

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29th July 2014 by Graham Martin 0 Comments

The John Muir Trust has urged Highland Perthshire residents and visitors to object to a major windfarm which it says will ruin an iconic landscape.

There are plans to place 24 turbines – each 125 metres high – on the Talladh-a-Bheithe estate between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht.

As well as being located in the heart of Wild Land Area Rannoch-Nevis-Mamores-Alder, the structures would be visible from over 30 Munros and Corbetts, the famous West Highland Railway line and the A82 – the main tourist route through the West Highlands.

The trust is set to submit its own detailed objection to both Perth and Kinross Council and the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents and Deployment Unit.

We would ask residents and visitors to submit their objections

John Low, policy officer at the John Muir Trust, said: “Just last month the Scottish Government agreed a Wild Land Areas map, along with new planning documents proposing stronger protection for these areas from large-scale energy developments.

“This followed two separate public consultations, both of which backed the Wild Land Areas map by a majority of more than three to one.

“If this application were to succeed, it would fatally undermine the map and make a mockery of the democratic procedures of the Scottish Parliament.

“We would ask local residents and visitors familiar with the area to submit their own objections to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit and copy it to Perth and Kinross Council before the closing date of Tuesday 5 August.”

The application has been submitted by Netherlands-based developer Eventus BV, of which the Talladh-a-Bheithe landowner is a major shareholder.