Date lodged: 5 December 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether it is investigating the awarding of planning permission on the Altnaharra estate, in light of a petition backed by people outwith Sutherland.
Answered by: Paul Wheelhouse 15 December 2016
Scottish Ministers granted consent for the Creag Riabhach Wind Farm located on Altnaharra Estate on 17 October 2016. Consents granted by Scottish Ministers on applications submitted under Section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989 are subject only to challenge in the courts. The decision letter sets out in full the grounds for this decision and while I recognise the strongly held views of others, I believe the decision taken was correct, in light of the evidence presented to me on the nature of points made in support or objection to the project and based on my own visit to the site. The decision letter also includes a summary of consultation responses and representations by members of the public and highlights that the Highland Council raised no objection and strong support was received from Bettyhill, Strathnaver and Altnaharra Community Council, Durness Community Council and Kinlochbervie Community Council. A copy of the decision letter and associated documents can be viewed on the Scottish Government's Energy Consents website.