Doubts over tur­bine plans

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A vil­lage fears plans by a Swedish de­sign and engi­neer­ing com­pany to in­stal two gi­ant float­ing wind tur­bines off the north Caith­ness coast will put off peo­ple mov­ing to their area.

Melvich Com­mu­nity Coun­cil says the tur­bines would ruin the sea view many seek in mov­ing to the area and could have the knock-on ef­fect of threat­en­ing its school and care home.

Hex­i­con AB has sought per­mis­sion from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, High­land Coun­cil and Orkney Is­lands Coun­cil for the demon­stra­tion pro­ject.

The firm has set up Doun­reay Trì Lim­ited to de­velop the scheme.

The scheme comes be­fore High­land Coun­cil's North Plan­ning Ap­pli­ca­tions Com­mit­tee on Tues­day which is be­ing rec­om­mended not to raise any ob­jec­tion to the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment,

“It would ruin the sea view many seek in mov­ing here”

which the fi­nal say.

How­ever there are five rep­re­sen­ta­tions made to the coun­cil, mainly over the scheme's vis­ual im­pact in a scenic area.

And Melvich Com­mu­nity Coun­cil, which was con­sulted by Marine Scot­land, also raised con­cerns.

The coun­cil said the ex­ist­ing wind­farm in its area in nearby Suther­land – SSE's Strathy North – as well as the pro­posed Strathy South wind­farm had shown “a good level of con­sid­er­a­tion" for the im­pact these tur­bines would have on the views of those who both live and visit the area – un­like the lat­est de­vel­op­ment.

But in her re­port, plan­ning of­fi­cer Emma Forbes said a num­ber of fac­tors meant the plan would be ac­cept­able in the wider land­scape and seascape set­ting of the area. will have

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