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Turbine near royal Castle of Mey in Caithness refused

Castle of Mey
Image caption The late Queen Mother had spent time at Castle of Mey in August and October

A farmer's appeal against refusal of his planned wind turbine near the late Queen Mother's residence in Scotland has been dismissed.

Barrogill Angus had appealed Highland Council's opposition to his proposal for a turbine less than half a mile from Castle of Mey in Caithness.

An official appointed by Scottish ministers was satisfied the project was not at odds with the listed building.

But he dismissed the appeal because other homes could be affected.

The planning reporter said noise from the turbine could potentially impact on properties near Mr Angus's farm, Barrogill Mains.

In his decision dismissing the appeal, the reporter said: "I acknowledge the modest but nonetheless useful contribution which the proposal would make towards renewable energy targets.

"In this case, however, I find that to be outweighed by the potentially adverse impact on residential amenity."

The Queen Mother bought Castle of Mey in 1953 and spent time there in August and October.

Her grandson, the Duke of Rothesay has continued the Royal Family's links to the castle and Caithness.

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