The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) has objected to the proposed Dalnessie wind farm in Sutherland, because it says it would irreversibly damage an area of outstanding beauty in what is considered to be one of Scotland’s finest wild landscapes.
The MCofS says that the proposed wind farm would have a massive footprint, with 27 turbines and 20 kilometres of 6 metres-wide new access tracks cutting through an area of previously unspoiled beauty. Each turbine would be up to 121 metres high to blade tip.
MCofS Chief Officer, David Gibson, said: “The proposed wind farm would be visible from the popular summits of Ben Klibreck, Ben Armine and Ben Loyal, and more importantly be totally out of character in such a unique and wild area. Indeed, this area of Sutherland has one of the most remarkable landscapes in Europe and should be afforded appropriate protection to ensure this kind of threat is removed.”
“We argue in our objection that the proposal is not in accordance with the Highland Council Development Plan and would be contrary to the purposes of the Special Landscape Area designation in the Highland-wide Local Plan.”
“The sensitivity of the site and nature and scale of the proposed development means the landscape simply does not have the capacity to accept it. We believe that the applicant has not presented any evidence to indicate that there are material considerations to argue otherwise and as such the application should be refused.”
The MCofS objection can be found in full on the MCofS website.