John Muir Trust says 24-turbine Rannoch wind farm development ‘would fatally undermine wild land map’

John Muir Trust logoThe John Muir Trust has urged residents in Highland Perthshire and visitors to object to a 24-turbine wind farm on the Talladh-a-Bheithe estate between Loch Rannoch and Loch Ericht.

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

As well as being located in the heart of the Wild Land Area Rannoch-Nevis-Mamores-Alder, the 125 metre-high turbines would  be visible from more than 30 Munros and Corbetts, the iconic West Highland Railway line and the A82 – the main tourist route through the West Highlands.

Although the Wild Land Areas map is not a statutory designation, it is identified as nationally important in Scottish Planning Policy.  The Scottish Government has said that the areas mapped should be classed as “areas of significant protection.” 

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 (ECDU). John Low, Policy Officer, 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.”

A spokesman for Jones La Salle, the property agents for Eventus BV said: “If a blanket restriction (on wind farms) is applied to core areas, a consequence of this is that a very significant amount of potential installed capacity would be lost and could fundamentally undermine the renewable energy industry in Scotland.”

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is also opposed to this development on similar grounds.  

Links:

Energy consents Unit: econsentsadmin@scotland.gsi.gov

Perth & Kinross Council: developmentmanagement@pkc.gov.uk

SNH Wild Land Areas map: Mapping Scotland’s wildness and wild land

Scottish Government: Summary of new planning framework and policy

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