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Court upholds windfarm consent in Scottish wild land

View looking North West on to the Site with A836 in Middle Distance © Creag Riabhach Wind Farm Ltd

The 22-turbine project is to be developed on the Altnaharra Estate in Sutherland, an area which is designated as a wild land area which the Scottish Government considers to be a "nationally important asset" in NPF3 planning policy. The Court of Session ruling clears the way for the wind farm which will generate 72.6MW, enough to supply electricity to 50,000 homes.

Hearing the judicial review in the outer Court of Session, Lord Boyd of Duncansby said: "It seems clear the policy contained in 2014 Scottish Planning Policy is more rigorous in the protection of wild land than previous policy. It is not, however, an absolute protection against any development."

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