Highland Council has refused planning permission for a wind farm on the slopes of Carn Gorm, about 8km south west of Ben Wyvis, a popular Munro. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland and John Muir Trust had opposed the proposal.
Council planning officials advised that the scheme would have a detrimental impact on wild land.
The Trust’s Head of Policy, Helen McDade, said: “This is a victory for wild land and for common sense. The Trust vigorously objected to the development. We are delighted that the Highland Council has taken this decision.
“We are especially heartened at the council’s recognition that this development would potentially undermine one of the recently mapped Wild Land Areas, as recognised in Scottish Planning Policy 2014.
“This decision should send a clear message to developers to steer clear of the 42 Wild Land Areas mapped earlier this year by Scottish Natural Heritage and supported by the John Muir Trust.”
PI Renewables can appeal to the Scottish government against the local authority’s decision.