Ramblers call for tougher wind farm scrutiny

We have joined 5 other organisations in signing a joint letter calling on the Scottish Government to improve its approach to assessing planning applications relating to wind farm developments.  The letter draws attention to the Stronelairg wind farm in the Monadhliath mountains and the proposed offshore windfarms straddling the Firths of Forth and Tay. 

In these cases, questions are raised as to whether the Scottish Government has followed proper and democratic processes given the scale and potential impacts of these major developments.  In each case the government is perceived to have disregarded the submissions made by its own advisors and statutory consultees, Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH).

Along with David Thomson, Convener of Ramblers Scotland, the letter was signed by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland, the Association for the Protection of Rural Scotland, the Munro Society, National Trust for Scotland and Scottish Wild Land Group.

Permission has already been granted to the Stronelairg wind farm, for 67 turbines over a 35 square kilometre area in Scotland’s Monadhliath mountains.  SNH objected to the proposals, and the area was originally included in a map of core wild land areas drawn up by SNH.  It was then removed from the final version of the map before it was adopted by the Scottish Government in its planning policy in June 2014.