Regarding your article ("Mountaineers to oppose new wind-farm bid, September 6), we are not surprised the developer would wish to downplay the impact of such a visually intrusive development and claim that the proposed site is not part of the Ben Wyvis massif.
While the proposed site is to the west of the summit of Ben Wyvis, the topography of the mountain is such that it is clearly located on the massif. The col (depression) between Ben Wyvis and Little Wyvis is at a relatively high altitude and, when viewed from the west, there is a very obvious continuous escarpment which makes the two hills one distinct mass. We believe that any reasonable definition of the Ben Wyvis massif would include the site location.
The Mountaineering Council of Scotland is not alone in voicing its concerns about the visual impact of this development.
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On November 12, 2012, Scottish Natural Heritage stated in its response to the developer's Request for Scoping Opinion: "We advise that the acceptability of this proposal in terms of its scale and design and the capacity of the site and surrounding landscape character and visual amenity to accommodate this development; and the potential for significant cumulative impacts in relation to neighbouring proposed and operational renewable energy developments within the wider study area give us concern and may result in an objection should this proposal progress to an application."
Given the size, location and intrusive nature of the proposed development, we are surprised the developer has yet to publish details that would enable a wider public to decide for themselves about the merits of the proposed development.
Mountaineering Council of Scotland,