Following a site visit last week, the Culachy Wind Farm proposal is recommended for approval at today’s meeting of Highland Cooncil’s planning committee.
The location, near Fort Augustus, is in an area identified by the cooncil as suitable for wind farms and RES has designed the 13-turbine wind farm so that it sits within a bowl in the landscape and will not be seen from Loch Ness.
There have been no objections from statutory consultees such as Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Scotland. The Mountaineering Council of Scotland have called for the plan to be rejected.
The proposed wind farm sits on the northern edge of ‘wild land’ which already has the established Beauly to Denny power line and associated infrastructure running through the site.
Culachy Wind Farm is expected to bring a £3.6 million boost to the local economy through the use of local suppliers and contractors during the construction and first year of the operation of the wind farm.
RES, a UK company employing more than 100 people in Scotland, has already developed three wind farms in the Highlands.
** ‘Cooncil’ is the Scots language word for ‘council’ and is not pejorative: