Villagers’ fears over wind farm proposal
Residents of a Sutherland village claim they face being surrounded by windfarms.
If the scheme for Croick Estate near Ardgay is goes ahead there could be around 80 turbines near picturesque Rosehall - the result of five windfarms either already in operation or in the pipeline.
The Croick scheme with 21 turbines on the Strathoykel ridge line is the biggest so far for the area.
It follows the recent decision by Scottish ministers to approve plans for 18 turbines at Braemore, around four miles southwest of Lairg.
The wind farm attracted 430 objections who raised concerns about the impact on the surrounding scenery and tourism but a Scottish Government-appointed reporter said it would not impact tourism, despite admitting turbines would cause “significant visual change” from nearby Carbisdale Castle.
Rosehall resident, Lt Col Colin Gilmour, Vice Lord Lieutenant of Sutherland - whose family have lived in the village since 1890 - warned there would be a campaign against the latest scheme.
“We would be encircled if this goes ahead. Rosehall seems to be a honeypot for windfarms because of its access to the grid connections. Nowhere else in the Highlands has such a development of them.”