Mountaineers object to Eurowind farm plan near Cairngorms National Park


David Gibson, Chief Officer, Mountaineering Council of Scotland
David Gibson, Chief Officer, Mountaineering Council of Scotland

Plans to build a new wind farm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park are being opposed by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCofS).

The Nathro Hill wind farm, proposed for a site near Brechin by Edinburgh-based Eurowind would be the largest wind farm in Angus.

Although the Ministry of Defence and RSPB Scotland have withdrawn their objections, the Mountaineering Council remains opposed on the grounds that the proposed development of 17 turbines of 143m blade-tip height would have a significant adverse visual impact on the landscape setting of the Cairngorms National Park and the Deeside Area of Landscape Significance.

David Gibson, Chief Officer of the council, said: “Turbines of the size proposed – with a string-like layout following a high ridge – would significantly detrimentally impact upon the sense of space that is intrinsic to residents’, mountaineers’ and other visitors’ experience of the eastern Grampian plateaux and summits.”

Eurowind is a major private wind energy developer based in Edinburgh, Scotland with operations throughout Europe.

The Company began in 1996 as an exclusive agent in Scandinavia for turbine manufacturer Enercon. This was followed in 1997, by developing and managing wind farms. These ranged from single turbines to wind farms as large as 180MW. In collaboration with the Fred Olson Group, Eurowind developed and successfully completed, what was at the time, the world’s largest offshore wind farm at Lillgrunden, between Sweden and Denmark.

The Scottish Government is due to decide next year whether or not the project can go ahead.

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