Windfarm company lodges appeal for permission for Highland masts

Dava Moor

A windfarm developer has lodged an appeal against refusal of plans for two masts in the Highlands.

Vattenfall is seeking permission for the temporary structures to gather information for the Ourack windfarm, which is proposed four miles north of Grantown.

Highland councillors turned down proposals for the two masts, each up to 295ft high on the wild Dava Moor, in April, going against officials’ recommendations.

The site is close to the boundary of the Cairngorms National Park.

Yesterday, the company said that the refusal would cause “unnecessary delay to important energy infrastructure investment”.

Frank Park, Vattenfall’s project manager for the Ourack Wind Energy Project, said: “We strongly believe there is an opportunity to develop a good wind farm on the Ourack site which not only makes an important contribution to Scotland’s climate change obligations but also to the local community and the regional economy.

“We have taken the view therefore that an appeal to the Department of Planning and Environmental Appeals is the right way forward and we are confident we can make a strong case to overturn the decision by the Committee for two temporary met masts.”