Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Stuc a' Chroin and Ben Vorich

Thursday, 25 April 2013

Sallachy Windfarm

I've just received this communication.

Please ask for: Ken McCorquodale
Direct Dial: 01463 702256
Our Ref: 11/04718/S36
Your Ref:
Date: 25 April 2013

Dear Sir / Madam


I write in connection with the submission that you have made in respect of the above development as made within an application under Section 36 of the Electricity Act.

This letter principally seeks to advise you that the Council will be undertaking a site visit to the area and provide you with some additional information which may be of interest.

The Council, before the determination of its response to the Scottish Government on this application, has decided that members of the North Planning Applications Committee will undertake a site visit to the area. The site visit will be conducted on Monday 13 May 2013. Members attending the site visit will then make their decision on the application during the Planning Committee meeting schedule for 21 May 2013, which will meet at Council Headquarters, Glenurquhart Road Inverness, commencing at 10.30. An agenda for this committee will be published on the Council Web-site at least 3 days before the Committee meeting. The proceedings will be web cast live via the Highland Council website.

With regard to the site visit, this will be undertaken in a small bus, with Members of the committee being advised by the Planning Officer of key features pertaining to the development site. The day for Members will start from the Council Buildings, Drummuie Golspie at 10.00am and then travel to Lairg Community Hall for 10.30 when the site visit to Glencassley will formally commence. The bus will travel to Glencassley Estate and then some of the surrounding area, before returning to Lairg for lunch and then a second site visit to Sallachy Estate where a second wind farm development will be examined. This is expected to commence at 1.30 from Lairg.

The agreed stopping points will be determined on the day and will have to take account of weather and road conditions. The applicant and representatives of objectors to the application will be offered two seats (each) on the bus to accompany Members throughout the site visit – (from Lairg and returning to Lairg). Parties can also attend, using their own vehicle, or await the committee at various specific stopping points which the Committee will make during the site visit.

Please note neither the applicant nor objectors will be able to enter into discussion with Members on the merits of the case whilst on site. At the invitation of the Chairman of the Committee parties in attendance at each stopping point will be invited to point out features in the locality which are important for members to note. This invitation will follow on from a shorting briefing of Members by the planning case officer.

A route plan- with approximate times of arrival will be made available with the committee papers. These papers will be available on the Council’s web site sometime on Thursday 9 May 2013.

Yours faithfully

Ken McCorquodale
Principal Planner (Development Management)

Unless related to the business of the Highland Council, the views or opinions expressed within this e-mail are those of the sender and do not necessarily reflect those of The Highland Council, or associated bodies, nor does this e-mail form part of any contract unless so stated.
Mura h-eil na beachdan a tha air an cur an cèill sa phost-d seo a' buntainn ri gnothachas Chomhairle na Gàidhealtachd, 's ann leis an neach fhèin a chuir air falbh e a tha iad, is chan eil iad an-còmhnaidh a' riochdachadh beachdan na Comhairle, no buidhnean buntainneach, agus chan eil am post-d seo na phàirt de chunnradh sam bith mura h-eil sin air innse.

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Sunday, 7 April 2013


Well, I now have an appointment with an orthopaedic surgeon in little over a week's time and, hopefully, will get a proper diagnosis of my knee problem and appropriate treatment as quickly as possible. In a rare bout of optimism during February, I entertained the belief that whatever the injury had been, it was now well on the way to recovery.  Alas, after a day in the snow last Tuesday things quickly deteriorated. Pessimism. Normal service resumed.

Wether Hill top came and went and a descent to West Mains farm brought us some attention from the local sheep. We too enjoyed some lunch.

They kept approaching us as if expecting we had brought some SUPAlyx

Sheep sticks its tongue out at another.... 'I got the last of that tub of SUPAlyx, so there!'

Some interesting snow formations were encountered, but the photography doesn't do them justice

I doubt I'll have much to post about in the coming weeks/months given the knee situation but I hope you, dear readers, do.

Monday, 1 April 2013

31 March - a British Summer Time walk

British Summer Time, but wintry conditions still prevail even on these relatively low hills.