Published: 16/03/2012 11:00 - Updated: 15/03/2012 17:27

Site visit over wind farm extension plan

A decision on an extension to Forss wind farm could be months away.
A decision on an extension to Forss wind farm could be months away.

A DECISION on an extension to a Caithness wind farm could be months away after Highland councillors agreed a site visit was needed.

Energy company RES UK’s plans to build another five turbines at its wind farm at Forss were rejected by council officials last year because of concerns about the impact on views, the landscape and cultural heritage.

However, the firm appealed the decision and urged councillors to visit the wind farm and assess the site. The planning review body met in Inverness this week and agreed, but a visit is unlikely to be held until after the Highland Council elections on May 3.

The turbines would be 81 metres high if approved and RES also wants to build a substation and access tracks at the farm on the former US naval site, which currently has six turbines.

Meanwhile, two women received the go-head for new houses at Upper Bower Tower despite objections from transport officials that the developments would breach policy.

Construction will mean the private road at Upper Bower Tower will serve more than four houses and the council normally demands the road is improved to local authority standard and adopted.

Nadine Kelly’s application for a house at Morven View and Danielle Lee’s plans for a home at nearby Greenacres Croft were both backed by councillors.

Councillors Dave Fallows (Badenoch and Strathspey) and Isobel McCallum (Black Isle) both said the road seemed "perfectly adequate" to service the needs of the residents.

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