For the first time, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland has objected to a wind farm application in south-west Scotland.
EON has applied for planning permission for the Quantans Hill Wind Farm, a development of 19 wind turbines, each 425-ft high, near the village of Carsphairn.
The MCofS – which has more than 11,000 members – has not objected to wind farms in the south-west before, which have included several north and north-east of Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and further south and east on the edge of the Glenkens.
But the Quantans application is the first proposal which would sit within the upper Glenkens valley and would sit between Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and the Rhinns of Kells range.
David Gibson, MCofS Chief Officer, said: “We believe this site just doesn’t have the capacity to support a wind energy development without visually fragmenting the mountain landscape.
“Cairnsmore of Carsphairn and Corserine, the main hill of the Rhinns of Kells, are both Corbetts and popular hills of significance to Scottish mountaineering.
“Dumfries and Galloway Council has recognised the significance of the local landscape by designating the upper Glenkens, including the proposed development site, as a Regional Scenic Area. The proposed development would be a major intrusion into an area without wind turbines.
“It would interrupt the view from hill to hill across The Glenkens and act to visually sever Cairnsmore of Carsphairn from the rest of the mountain area.”
The MCofS will also be objecting to the proposed Glenmount Wind Farm nearby, on similar grounds.