An estates owner has lost a bid to overturn Scottish government approval for a 22-turbine wind farm within wild land. 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. It is to be developed on a site on the Altnaharra Estate. Wildland Ltd was among objectors to the wind farm in the Highlands.
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Campaigners are calling on the Scottish Government to strengthen protection for wild land areas after a legal challenge against a wind farm in the Highlands failed. The 22-turbine Creag Riabhach development on the Altnaharra estate, near Lairg, will have five turbines in an area designated as wild land. Danish businessman Anders Povlsen, whose Wildland Ltd owns neighbouring estates, challenged the Scottish ministers’ decision to grant consent for the wind farm. His case in the Court of Session claimed ministers failed to give “proper adequate and intelligible reasons” regarding protection and development opportunities in areas of wild land. Judge Lord Boyd ruled against Wildland Ltd, finding there was “no error of law either in the way in which they (the Scottish ministers) reached their decision or expressing their reasons for it”.
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