The proposed site of the Glencassley windfarm

The proposed site of the Glencassley windfarm

Campaigners have welcomed the Scottish Government’s refusal of plans for two Highland windfarms.

The Glencassley and Sallachy developments in Sutherland would have been in wild land areas.

The John Muir Trust said the Holyrood administration had made the right decision.

Chief executive Stuart Brooks said: “This is tremendous news for everyone who has worked to highlight that these developments were proposed in the wrong place.

“We are particularly delighted that the Scottish Government is following through and using the wild land areas map to provide protection to Scotland’s nationally important wild land areas.”

Helen McDade, head of policy at the John Muir Trust, said: “The decision is a victory for those of us who have long campaigned for Scotland’s wild land to be protected from industrial-scale development.

“We hope this persuades energy companies looking at potential developments in wild land areas to get a clear message that the Government will protect these special places in the public interest.”

SSE, which wanted to build 23 turbines at the Glencassley Estate near Lairg, said it was ‘very disappointed’ by the refusal. WKN, which applied for a similar development at Sallachy, said it was ‘deeply disappointed’ by the decision.

The Mountaineering Council of Scotland also opposed both proposals.

The Scottish Government recently rejected plans for windfarms at Allt Duine in the Monadhliath Mountains and Talladh-a-Bheithe on Rannoch Moor.

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