Thursday, 11 November 2010

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Say NO to more wind farm development

Evidence shows wind farms don't work, so why force them on communities that have said they don't want them?

We don't want Corriemoillie, yet pressure is being applied and money changing hands. We don't want a massive cluster of turbines reaching 125 meters into the air, in an area of outstanding beauty.

Thanks to outstanding levels of support in protecting this beautiful area we were able to win a partial victory in 2007 campaigning against the development at Lochluichart, with the number of turbines being reduced from 43 to 17.

However, a new proposal to build, by E.ON, an adjacent 19 turbine wind farm at Corriemoillie forest has been lodged and the Lochluichart developers are undertaking a scoping exercise to extend their original planning permission. If built the completed development will become the third largest wind farm in Scotland and even bigger than the original Lochluichart proposals.
Fact Sheet available HERE

If you wish to object, you need to register your position again with Highland Council by 22nd November. (Any previous objections you may have submitted about the Corriemoillie wind farm are now invalid following the withdrawal of the original scheme by E.ON, and the submission of a new one. So your previous objection will not be recorded against E.ON's new application).

We are sure that you appreciate how vital it is preserve the landscape, habitat and economy of this unique and unspoilt area.

Send your objections to:
David Mudie.
Planning Department.
The Highland Council Headquarters.

Glenurquhart Road,
Inverness. IV3 5NX
Or email:

Planning application reference:
(Re-submission) Corriemoillie Forest Gorstan
Garve. No:10/04137/FUL

A draft letter/email is available for your use HERE you may wish to use this as the basis for your objection. If you email please bcc us at
Addresses closer to the proposed development will carry more weight with the Council and that joint letters from one household only count as one objection - so if you have more people at your address wishing to object, please ask them to send a separate letter/email.

By registering your objection to this destructive development, you will be telling the planners, along with many others, that another wind farm in the area should not be given the go-ahead.

On behalf of Stop Corriemoillie, a group of local residents and many others opposed to inappropriate development in the Garve and Achnasheen vicinity. Our campaign is run by volunteers, who care..

Kate and Alasdair Douglas Liz & Tom Forest
Laura Gauna
Harry &
Helen Grainge
The Grimston Family

Chris & Tricia Hamilton
Ruari Matheson & Family
Bob Moir
Donald Northwood
James Ruggles-Brise
The Seligman Family
Hugo & Sophie Smith

Jackie West
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