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SSE's Strathy North wind farm approved

Wind turbines
Image caption Thirty-three turbines are to be constructed near Strathy in Sutherland

Plans for a 33-turbine wind farm in Sutherland have been approved by the Scottish government

SSE's Strathy North project is expected to create work for up to 100 people during its construction and generate electricity for about 35,000 homes.

During the planning process the scheme attracted 166 objections and eight letters of support.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing approved the plans for the site near Strathy village.

Highland Council had already approved the project, provided certain planning conditions were met.

The plans required government consent before construction work could start.

Mr Ewing said: "In consenting this application I have put in place a series of conditions to protect the outstanding natural habitats and landscapes and local communities.

"I am confident that Strathy North will provide great benefits to its local community and play an important part in helping Scotland reach its target of the equivalent of 100% of electricity demand generated from renewables."

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