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Lewis wind farm to be rejected?

Last modified: 25 January 2008

Golden plover in summer plumage

Commenting on developments relating to the Lewis Wind Power proposal, Stuart Housden, director of RSPB Scotland, said:

'At this time our response can simply be based on the speculation currently circulating, but if the decision to refuse the application is confirmed by Scottish Ministers we would welcome it as a hugely appropriate decision.

It sends a very strong message that in meeting our ambitious, and welcome, renewable targets we do not have to sacrifice our most important environmental resources. The Government has made it clear, in repeated statements on this issue, that renewables must be delivered, but not at any price.

There is clear evidence that we can meet our targets many times over without destroying our designated sites and most of the renewable energy industry operates on this principle. We hope that Lewis Wind Power now recognise that this is an inappropriate site for a wind farm and we seek reassurances from them that they will not simply seek to continue pushing modified versions of the same proposal in the same location.

We are, however, willing to work with them to identify new areas that would be suitable for renewable developments.'

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