Anders Povlsen loses Creag Riabhach Wind Farm challenge

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Danish billionaire Anders Povlsen raised a judicial review in a bid to have the decision set aside.

His Wildland Ltd, which owns the Ben Loyal, Kinloch and Hope and Melness estates, challenged approval of Creag Riabhach Wind Farm, which is to be developed on the Altnaharra Estate in Scotland.

Lord Boyd of Duncansby, who heard the judicial review, said Wildland Ltd’s position appeared to be that no wind farm whatsoever should be allowed on designated wild land areas.

The judge said: “That may be, but that is a political decision and not one for the courts.”

Lord Boyd said that 2014 Scottish planning policy provided more rigorous protection for wild land than that previously in place, but added: “It is not, however, an absolute protection against any development.”

He added “The impact on wild land will differ one from the other and the potential benefits of the developments will also no doubt differ. It is not for the court to make assessments as to why decisions on individual applications might reach different results.”

“These are planning judgements for ministers on the facts of each case applying the policy in force at the time.”

Creag Riabhach Wind Farm is located along the western side of the Strath Vagastie valley to the west of the A836, around 20km north of Lairg and around 6km south of Altnaharra.The Proposed Development comprises 22 wind turbines, with the maximum stated generating capacity of the turbines is 3.3MW per turbine.


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