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Controversial Cairngorms wind farm plans rejected by government

 A controversial wind farm developers wanted to build on the edge of the Cairngorms has been denied planning permission by the Scottish Government. Opponents said the wind farm would ruin the local area and impact on the view at the national park.

A controversial wind farm developers wanted to build on the edge of the Cairngorms has been denied planning permission by the Scottish Government.

RWE Innogy submitted an application to the government for a 31-turbine wind farm at Allt Duine near Kincraig in February 2011.

The farm would have been built in the Monadhliaths Mountains on the edge of Cairngorms National Park.

Opponents said the wind farm would ruin the local area and impact on the view at the national park.

On Thursday, the Scottish Government said they have refused consent for the project, saying it does not represent sustainable development.

Deputy first minister John Swinney said: "The Scottish Government’s policy on wind farms strikes a careful balance between maximising Scotland’s huge green energy potential and protecting some of our most scenic landscape and wild areas.

"We have been clear that wind farms can only be built in the right places and Scottish Planning Policy sets out rigorous steps to ensure wind farms are sited appropriately and sensitively.

"I have considered the Allt Duine application fully and have refused permission as the proposal would have a significant and unacceptable landscape and visual impacts in the local area, including on the Cairngorms National Park and on a wild land area."

The news has been welcomed by Save Monadhliath Mountains group who campaigned against the project.

Spokesman Chris Townsend said: "This is a victory for common sense, the safeguarding of the wild land in the Monadhliath Mountains and the absolute protection of the Cairngorms National Park.

"This wind farm scheme was simply the wrong development in the wrong location.

"When the application was lodged five years ago it was pushing the boundaries of plausibility. With national planning policy dramatically changing over that 2000 day period, it was clear that only one sensible conclusion could be drawn.

"The thousands of individuals and organisations that support the SMM campaign thank Mr Swinney for injecting a much needed dose of reality back into the determination process."


Source: http://news.stv.tv/highland...

JUL 30 2015
http://www.windaction.org/posts/43283-controversial-cairngorms-wind-farm-plans-rejected-by-government
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