Tayside and Central Scotland

Proposal for Nathro Hill wind farm at Brechin dropped

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Image caption The 17 turbines at Nathro Hill would have stood 143m tall

Plans for a large wind farm on the edge of the Cairngorms National Park have been dropped.

Eurowind UK had been bidding to install 17 turbines standing up to 143m (470ft) tall at Nathro Hill near Brechin.

The 61 megawatt installation would have been the largest of its kind in Angus, capable of providing power to 28,400 homes.

The withdrawal of the plans has been welcomed by the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

Chief officer David Gibson said the proposal would have affected views both into the national park and from it.

The proposal had drawn a number of local objections.

The Ministry of Defence and the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds Scotland withdrew opposition to the scheme after Eurowind addressed their concerns over potential interference with radar systems at RAF Leuchars and the local golden eagle population.

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