Wind Farming in Caithness

The Highland Council has recently been updated on the initial findings of a study into the cumulative effect of wind energy developments in Caithness.

The research has been carried out by specialist environmental consultancy LUC, and the draft findings have been presented to the Council’s Planning, Development and Infrastructure Committee.

Further work still has to be carried out, but once finalised the study will be used in conjunction with existing guidance to assess the suitability of certain locations for future wind energy developments, and will also be used by the Council to assess proposals that have been submitted.

The finalised report is expected to be brought back to the Committee around autumn time, along with suggestions on how to revise the Council’s wind energy guidance to take account of the report’s findings.

The issue of wind energy in Caithness has come under the spotlight recently, after the Council lost an appeal against the construction of a 13-turbine wind farm at Spittal, reports the BBC.

Councillors had refused to give planning permission for the farm last September, however the energy company successfully appealed to the Scottish Government, which has now overruled the Council and given the scheme the go ahead.

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