Stronelairg Wind Farm Development, Monadhliath Mountains. A wind farm that will cover an area the size of Inverness and be the largest to date in the Highlands.
The John Muir Trust have decided to challenge the Scottish Government’s decision to grant consent to a 67-turbine wind farm in the Monadhliath Mountains. Consent for the Stronelairg Wind Farm – the largest ever energy development in Highland Scotland – was granted in June 2014, despite overwhelming opposition from the public, the CairngormNational Park Authority and Scottish Natural Heritage, the Government’s own advisory body.
Two weeks after consent for the Stronelairg Development the Scottish Government took an important step towards protecting wild land by adopting the Wild Land Areas Map of Scotland. The Scottish Government had asked Scottish Natural Heritage to remove the area around Stronelairg from that map.
The John Muir Trust is severely disappointed that the Scottish Government consented the scheme without a Public Local Inquiry, which would normally be expected. The only course now open to challenge the decision is to take it to judicial review, a legal challenge, and therefore with financial implications for the Trust.
More information is available on the John Muir website www.jmt.org or telephone 0131 554 0114.
John Muir are leading the campaign to preserve this area, on the boundary of the Cairngorm National Park, for future generations to enjoy, and all funds raised will be spent on protecting “wild land” against inappropriate development.
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