How developers overcame environmental objections to secure permission for a 133MW wind farm

A huge wind farm in the Highlands has been given the green light by Scottish ministers 11 years after the application was first submitted following a series of amendments intended to address environmental concerns. James Parsons reports

Strathy North wind farm
Wind energy: Highlands project was given the green light last month

A 133 megawatt (MW) wind farm in the Highlands was given the go ahead by Scottish ministers last month, despite objections over its impact on peatland and its potential disruption to bird populations. The approval of Scottish and Southern Energy (SSE)’s plans for the wind farm in Sutherland came more than ten years after the application was first submitted in 2007, and followed a series of revisions intended to overcome environmental objections.

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