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Councillors defer decision on Corriemoillie wind farm

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Image caption The wind farm site lies within a training area for military aircraft

Highland councillors have deferred taking a decision on plans for a 19-turbine wind farm until 22 March.

The Corriemoillie wind farm, near Garve, has been recommended for approval by Highland Council planning officials.

Scottish Natural Heritage (SNH) has suggested that the scheme be reduced by between eight to 10 turbines.

It has also recommended that any construction work should avoid disrupting black grouse leks.

The E.on Climate Renewables' site is not in a protected area, but a report to Highland councillors said land nearby provided habitat for otter, water vole, bats and rare birds.

Flight paths of red-throated divers were considered, however, the report said it was "very unlikely" the birds would be adversely affected.

The site lies within a military tactical training area for aircraft and the Ministry of Defence (MoD) has asked that the turbines do not exceed 125m (410ft) in height.

The MoD also asked for lighting for alerting aircraft to the turbines be installed and prior warning be given ahead of construction work.

Highland Council received 473 objections to the project and 87 letters in support.

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