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Ewing slaps down 69MW Druim Ba

Plans for wind farm near Inverness "out of scale" with surrounding landscape

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The Scottish government has refused consent for the up to 69MW Druim Ba wind farm near Inverness.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing said plans for 23 machines would appear “out of scale” with the surrounding landscape and would have significant adverse landscape and visual impacts.

Ewing (pictured) also cited concerns over likely noise from the proposal, which would be detrimental to the residential amenities of several nearby properties.

He said: “The Scottish government wants to see the right developments in the right places and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of any wind farm should reflect the scale and character of the landscape and should be considered environmentally acceptable.”

The wind farm was being pursued by Louis Dreyfus unit European Forest Resources Group on a site on the Blairmore Estate near Kiltarlity. Highland Council officially objected to the plans in 2011.

Tip heights at Druim Ba were set at 149.5 metres and the wind farm held a grid connection offer for 2014. It was planned to integrate the project with local forestry using keyhole felling.

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