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RES has expressed disappointment that The Highlands Council has decided on a split vote to refuse Culachy Wind Farm today (14 December).  Culachy Wind Farm was considered at Highland Council’s South Planning Applications Committee on Monday 14 December following a site visit on Friday 11 December.

The wind farm was recommended for approval by Highland Council’s planning officers and in an area identified by The Highland Council as suitable for wind farms.  RES has designed the wind farm so that it sits within a bowl in the landscape and will not be seen from Loch Ness. 

Culachy Wind Farm was expected to bring a £3.6m boost to the local economy through the use of local suppliers and contractors during the construction and first year of the operation of the wind farm.  RES, a UK company employing over 100 staff in Scotland, has developed three wind farms in the Highlands and works with local companies to help deliver its projects.

RES Development Manager Lisa Miller said: "We are disappointed with the decision today to refuse Culachy Wind Farm as we worked hard to ensure that the wind farm was acceptable and policy compliant.

 “We believe this is a good location for a wind farm and will have very limited visibility - with the project attracting very few local objections.  RES is committed to the development of renewables in the Highlands and we will now take time to review the decision."