SSE has asked the Court of Session to rule on the expenses it incurred during a judicial review of the consent decision for the up to 240MW Stronelairg wind farm near Fort Augustus in Scotland.

The energy company said it had considered an out of court agreement in relation to the expenses and attempted to initiate a dialogue with conservation charity John Muir Trust (JMT) to achieve this.

SSE said JMT was “only willing to engage with the Scottish government out of court” on the matter.

“We therefore have no option but to allow the independent court process to determine what it believes is reasonable and appropriate,” the company said.

An Edinburgh court upheld an appeal by the Scottish government and SSE against the outcome of a December 2015 judicial review that had blocked the project.

JMT 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 ruled 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.

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