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Charity attacks windfarm move

Posted 3 January 2012
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Charity attacks windfarm move
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Scottish landscape conservation charity the John Muir Trust (JMT) has condemned a decision by the Scottish government to give the green light to an extension of a windfarm - before construction has begin on the original installation.

The site in question is the Muaitheabhal wind farm in South Lewis, which the Trust noted has been described as likely to have "significant adverse effects" on the landscape by the planning inspector.

Such a move may disappoint many who like to go walking in the area, although some fans of green energy may take a different view.

JMT head of policy Helen McDade said: "The Scottish Government's record shows that it approves almost 100 per cent of large onshore wind developments," arguing this happens irrespective of the concerns over the potential damage to the environment, habitat and views.

Other current controversies include the proposal to build a windfarm just outside the Cairngorms National Park, which the national park authority opposes alongside others including the Save the Monadhliath Mountains pressure group.ADNFCR-2803-ID-801253116-ADNFCR