Could this be why SSE has frozen the Loch Bruidhe line upgrade?
The Court of Session decision has not yet been published. We may get sight of a copy – we have asked.
In the meantime, this has been published today in North News.
By James Mulholland The operators of a proposed 34 turbine wind farm have failed in a legal bid to overturn energy minister Fergus Ewing’s refusal to grant planning permission to the scheme.. Lawyers acting for Glen Morie Wind Farm Limited argued before Court of Session judge Lady Wise that Mr Ewing acted incorrectly. They claimed that the Scottish Government should have given the go ahead to the farm which would have been located at Bonar Bridge in Sutherland. Mr Ewing had refused planning permission to the scheme in August 2014. The politician agreed with the findings of a public inquiry reporter who concluded the proposal would cause “unacceptable landscape and visual impacts.” Opponents of the initiative included Highland Council, the Mountaineering Council of Scotland and the John Muir Trust. On Tuesday, in a written judgement issued at the Court of Session, Lady Wise ruled that Mr Ewing had acted correctly. She added: “Notwithstanding the eloquence of the submissions made by senior counsel for the petitioner, I can detect no procedural unfairness, illegality, lack or reasoning, or methodological error that might justify reducing the decision intimated on August 21 2014. “The reporter’s analysis was comprehensive, well explained and reached after obvious consideration of both the submissions made to her and the accompanied and unaccompanied site visits she undertook. “For all of the reasons given above each of the challenges made by the petitioner to the decision of August 21 2014 fails.”