The RES application for Aberarder Wind Farm is due to be decided at Highland Council’ s planning committee on Tuesday (1 March) – precisely 50 weeks after the application was submitted
It is recommended for approval by planning officers and has received no objections from key statutory consultees such as SNH, SEPA and Historic Environment Scotland.
The proposed development – for 12 turbines up to 130m in height to tip – will be located next to the already-approved Dunmaglass Wind Farm, approximately three miles south of East Croachy.
The project is in an ‘Area of Search’ suitable for wind farms as identified by Highland Council and the nearest residential property is situated more than two miles away.
The site is not within or nearby any designated natural heritage sites and will not be visible from Loch Ness.
RES – which employs over 100 staff in Scotland – has developed three wind farms in the Highlands
If consented, Aberarder Wind Farm will boost the local economy, with the construction contract estimated to be worth some £8 million. RES is also committed to providing a community financial benefit of £5,000 per MW if the scheme is consented.