The John Muir Trust has lodged an objection to the proposed Talladh-a-Bheithe wind farm which is proposed for construction completely within Wild Land Area 14 Rannoch-Nevis-Mamores-Alder, about 17 miles south of Dalwhinnie and 10 miles west of Kinloch Rannoch.
Situated in the heart of Scotland the trust said the Talladh-a-Bheithe proposal is a major challenge to the Scottish Government’s new National Planning Framework (NPF3) and its related Scottish Planning Policy (SPP2).
The application proposes 24 turbines up to 125m high – which would be visible from more than 30 Munros and Corbetts.
Helen McDade, Head of Policy at John Muir Trust, said: “The Trust believes that this development would be a ‘stab in the heart’ of Scotland’s wild land.
“Over the past year, the Scottish Government has made ground breaking progress by adopting the new Wild Land Areas map of Scotland and, for the first time, recognising wild land as an important national asset.
“We hope that the Government will refuse this application and live up to the spirit of National Planning Framework 3 which says: ‘We also want to continue our strong protection for our wildest landscapes – wild land is a nationally important asset’.
“It is essential that Perth and Kinross Council provides a civic lead in this matter and formally object to what is a wholly inappropriate development.
“The proposal is ill thought through and deficient in many ways, for example there are no details of how the component parts would be delivered to site without significant damage to this very sensitive environment.
“We have been supported in our objection by the Wildland Research Institute of Leeds University which is internationally recognised. Its mapping of existing wind farms shows how much of Scotland has been affected visually in the last few years.
“The potential impact of the Talladh-A-Bheithe development would scar the ‘heart’ of Scotland.
“The fact that the wind farm would be wholly within a Wild Land Area should, we believe, result in the Minister refusing this application in line with his reasoning for refusing the Glenmorie Wind Farm at Bonar Bridge last week.”