Published: 28/02/2014 16:32 - Updated: 28/02/2014 11:39

Moray objects to Highland wind farm

MORAY councillors have objected to a wind farm in the Highland Council area.

Members of the planning committee unanimously rejected the proposal for the Cairn Duhie, development, that lies just outside Moray Council’s western border, on the grounds it would have a detrimental visual impact.

The application put forward by RES UK and Ireland includes building 20 turbines at a height of 110 meters.

Ultimately Scottish ministers will decide if the project will progress.

Aileen Scott, legal services manager, warned councillors that if a public inquiry were to be held on he wind farm proposals, involvement by the local authority could have "fairly massive" financial implications.

Dick Ruane, who attended the meeting on behalf of the Cairn Duhie Action Group, said: "Obviously we are delighted that the council has logically accepted that the proposed Cairn Duhie development is, indeed, a wind farm too far.

"In accepting their officials’ recommendation that the development would be inappropriately sited and visually unacceptable the members of the planning committee recognised the damage it would do to the environment and to the tourist industry in Moray.

"In making this decision Moray Council joins the Cairngorm National Park, The John Muir Trust as well as nearly 2,000 members of the public who have formally objected to the development.

"Given this weight of objection and the cost to the public purse of further considerations it now seems appropriate for RES to withdraw their application."

Rachel Anderson, regional communications manager for RES, attended this week’s meeting.

She said the development was in an approved search area for wind farms and that she was "extremely disappointed" with the committee’s decision.

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