Scotland’s Mountaineers have objected to a proposal to construct a wind farm just to the south of the Cairngorms National Park
Eneco Wind UK Ltd has applied for permission to build 18 turbines of up to 125m in height in two distinct groups at Macritch Hill, near Backwater Reservoir, Kirriemuir.
But the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS) says that the northern group of seven turbines will cause ‘unacceptable harm’ to the landscape setting of nearby hills which are important as popular tourism assets.
In its objection the council states that the northern group of turbines would be detrimental to wider mountaineering interests because much of the affected landscape lies within the Cairngorms National Park and is within the Lochnagar-Mount Keen Wild Land Area.
David Gibson, Chief Officer, MCofS, added: “This is a particularly attractive landscape, offering big skies and high, wide horizons within easy reach of large urban populations, so it is visited repeatedly by local mountaineers as well as attracting visitors from a distance.
“Many popular hills would be affected: two Munros – Mayar and Dreish – and the Corbett Monameanach, together with Mount Blair and Cat Law are all within five miles. Within 10 miles of the northern array lie two further Munros, Glas Maol and Craig Leacach, and the Corbett Ben Tirran.”
The MCofS objection also comments on the associated access roads, which will have a significant visual impact in their own right, and argues that even if the application is given the go-ahead there should be a condition to remove all access roads on decommissioning.