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Dates set for probe into Monadhliath hills wind farm

By Gavin Musgrove

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A public inquiry into a major wind farm in the wilds of Badenoch is due to be held next month.

Highland Council raised an objection to SIMEC’s proposed development at Glenshero in the Monadhliath hills in October, last year.

The inquiry which will take place virtually has been set for November 10-17 in Aviemore, it is revealed in an update on major projects to the local authority’s South Planning Applications committee.

The report states: “The DPEA (Planning and Environmental Appeals Division) have been passed the case and two pre-examination meetings have now been held virtually."

If Glenshero wind farm is approved it would create one of the most expansive renewable energy developments in the UK.

The proposed development – eight kilometres west of Laggan – consists of 39 turbines with a tip height of 135 metres.

Those opposing the scheme by SIMEC fear that the cumulative impact will be far greater in the landscape as the site is right next to the Stronelairg wind farm on the Garrogie Estate comprising 66 turbines.

The council stated in its objection the proposed wind farm would destroy the “emptiness” and “strong sense of remoteness and sanctuary” of the rugged beauty spot.

A planned wind farm also near the site at Cloiche is still at an early stage. The proposed development comprises a total of 36 turbines with a maximum tip height of 149.9 metres.

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