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Cairngorms bosses 'no objection' to plans for two new wind farms

Planning officers at the Cairngorms National Park Authority not to object to two wind farm plans by the Scottish Government.

MSP makes Cairngorm National Park call

Bosses at the Cairngorms National Park have said they will not object to two new proposals by the Scottish Government for wind farms near the park.

A 20-turbine development between Grantown-on-Spey and Nairn and a 16-turbine windfarm at Hill of Towie near Keith are up for discussion on Friday at the Cairngorms National Park Authority (CNPA) planning committee meeting.

The proposed wind farms, Cairn Duhie and Hill of Towie II, are deemed not to have a significant impact on the special qualities of the Cairngorms National Park, according to the planner’s report.

The Cairn Duhie wind farm is five miles from the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park but will be seen from a limited number of points, according to the report.

The Hill of Towie II project is adjacent to an existing 21-turbine windfarm and lies around 13 miles from the park boundary.

Planning Officer Katherine Donnachie said: “Generally we are supportive of renewable energy projects but large scale wind farms are not appropriate within the park or where they affect its setting, given the landscape value of the park.

“We have a very strong policy framework to protect the Cairngorms National Park and its landscape setting from the adverse impact of wind farms and that includes the impacts of wind farms around the edge of the park.

“We do not object to all wind farms near the park as a matter of course, careful consideration is given to each and every wind farm application that the Park Authority is asked to comment on.

“On this occasion, and after a rigorous assessment with regards the implications for the National Park, we are recommending to members that we do not formally object to these two applications.”

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