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Mountain council in windfarm call

Posted 1 August 2012
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The Mountaineering Council of Scotland (MCoS) has issued another call for the Scottish government to act to prevent the establishment of windfarms on Munros and Corbetts.

It has been commenting after what it describes as a "deluge" of planning applications in the holiday season of late July, when opponents "lack the resources" to respond quickly.

MCoS chief officer David Gibson said: "The sheer scale and number of recent onshore windfarm applications is staggering. It represents the industrialisation of landscapes that form a uniquely important part of Scottish culture and identity.

"It is hard to imagine how developers can claim to care for the environment while making
applications to build in some of these beautiful and sensitive places."

There were three applications made in remote areas of countryside in July by Scottish and Southern Electricity alone, the organisation said, with these being as high as 150 ft and totalling 235 turbines between them.

People who like to go walking in such areas may not themselves be aware of such applications as they focus on enjoying the landscape, but if the MCoS warnings are not heeded and many of the applications are passed, they may find the same places are covered in turbines in the years ahead.

Concerns over windfarms in the Highlands have been ongoing in the past year. The HighlandCouncil voted against a proposal in the Monadhliath Mountains earlier this year after a wide-ranging campaign, not least because it would have been situated within a few hundred yards of the Cairmngorms National Park boundary.

However, that does not necessarily mean the end of the process, because the developers can appeal against the decision.

Writing about the Allt Duine area this week, outdoors writer Chris Townsend noted grouse, plover and golden eagles frequent the area, something he suggested the introduction of the proposed 31 turbines would ruin.

Munros and Corbetts in the area include Carn Sgulain, A' Chailleach and Carn an Freacheadain.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801419693-ADNFCR