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New life for SSE’s Stronelairg

Scottish court upholds appeal against decision to block 240MW project

New life for SSE’s Stronelairg image

An Edinburgh court has upheld an appeal by the Scottish government and SSE against the outcome of a December judicial review that had blocked the up to 240MW Stronelairg wind farm near Fort Augustus.

The Court of Session on 22 July overturned the previous decision that the Scottish government had not followed the correct planning process with the project.

Conservation charity John Muir Trust had secured the judicial review on the grounds that the required public notices advising the impact of the wind farm on the environment had not been published in line with Environmental Impact Assessment regulations.

However, the court said “there was nothing to suggest that there existed further and better points which could have been presented if yet a further notice had been published” regarding the development’s environmental impact.

The John Muir Trust expressed disappointment at the Court of Session’s decision.

“We are now taking further legal advice and considering options as to our next steps, after which we will be in touch with all supporters to this campaign directly,” it said.

SSE said: “We welcome the ruling of the Court of Session on the appeal of the Stronelairg judicial review.”

It added that the project was not opposed by the local community council and was supported by the Highland Council planning committee.

Image: Clyde wind farm in Scotland (SSE)

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