He has splashed out tens of millions in his efforts to preserve the natural beauty of the Highlands. Now, Anders Povlsen’s love affair with Scotland appears to be ebbing after ministers backed a wind farm that he believes will scar the landscape and damage tourism. The Danish billionaire, who owns almost a dozen Scottish estates, is reviewing his investment plans after the Scottish government approved the 22-turbine Creag Riabhach wind farm in Sutherland a fortnight ago. Povlsen, who is poised to overtake the Duke of Buccleuch as Scotland’s largest private landowner, is upset with the decision, which follows years of negotiation by the Dane to buy his latest pile, the 18,000-acre Eriboll estate. The Creag Riabhach turbines, each up to 125 metres high, will be visible from several of Povlsen’s properties, including Eriboll. A spokesman for Povlsen said the billionaire is not against wind farms but disagrees with Holyrood’s latest decision to support a “wind factory” in the Highlands.
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