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Rejection of 34-turbine wind farm is upheld by judge

The Glen Morie Wind Farm would have been located at Bonar Bridge in Sutherland.

Wind farm: Court of Session ruled energy minister acted correctly (file pic).
Wind farm: Court of Session ruled energy minister acted correctly (file pic). © STV

The operators of a proposed 34-turbine wind farm have failed in a legal bid to overturn energy minister Fergus Ewing's refusal to grant planning permission to the scheme.

Lawyers acting for Glen Morie Wind Farm Ltd argued before Court of Session judge Lady Wise that Mr Ewing acted incorrectly.

They claimed the Scottish Government should have given the go-ahead to the wind farm, which would have been located at Bonar Bridge in Sutherland.

Mr Ewing refused planning permission to the scheme in August 2014 when he agreed with the findings of a public inquiry reporter who concluded the proposal would cause "unacceptable landscape and visual impacts".

Opponents of the initiative included Highland Council, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the John Muir Trust.

In a written judgment issued at the Court of Session on Tuesday, Lady Wise ruled that Mr Ewing had acted correctly.

She added: "Notwithstanding the eloquence of the submissions made by senior counsel for the petitioner, I can detect no procedural unfairness, illegality, lack or reasoning, or methodological error that might justify reducing the decision intimated on August 21, 2014.

"The reporter's analysis was comprehensive, well explained and reached after obvious consideration of both the submissions made to her and the accompanied and unaccompanied site visits she undertook.

"For all of the reasons given above each of the challenges made by the petitioner to the decision of August 21, 2014, fails."

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