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Corriemoillie wind farm goes before council

By SPP Reporter

The turbines are due to be delivered to the site from the port of Invergordon in July.
The turbines are due to be delivered to the site from the port of Invergordon in July.

PLANS for an extension to a Ross-shire wind farm will go before councillors next week.

Although work has already started on the construction of the 19-turbine Corriemoillie Wind Farm near Garve, updated consent is needed as owners EDF Energy Renewables now wants to use turbines with a larger generating capacity than the ones which received planning consent in 2011.

Scottish Ministers will decide on the application as the proposed output of the wind farm is over 50megawatts.

However Highland Council’s north area planning applications committee will be asked if it has any objections when it meets on Tuesday.

Planning officers have recommended that councillors raise no objection.

They conclude that: "The development proposed does not introduce any additional impact on the environment that has not already been taken into account."

The wind farm is situated on an area of high ground between Loch Glascarnoch and Loch Luichart, north west of Garve.

Contractors RJ McLeod started preparatory work on the site at the end of September last year and have been constructing access roads and the sub-station.

EDF ER project manager Grant Folley explained: "Although we have submitted a new planning application, we have been able to start work building the wind farm. Any changes to the capacity of the wind turbines can be carried out by a software upgrade and do not require any physical changes to machinery on site."

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