Balnakailly hydro plans are scrapped

PLANS to site a hydro power generating facility in part of the community-owned Bute Forest at Rhubodach have been scrapped over concerns about the impact of the scheme on the surrounding woodland.

Bute Forest Ltd has decided not to proceed with a scheme in the Balnakailly Burn after feedback from Scottish Natural Heritage and the local community raised concerns about the impact of the hydro scheme on the integrity of the woodland, and the loss of habitat resulting from the construction of turbine house and pipeline.

Forest manager Emma Cooper said: “Whilst BFL is in favour of renewable energy, this has to be managed in the right way.

“The feedback from SNH raised sufficient concern about the possibility of an adverse impact on this rare and special woodland site that the directors of BFL have made the difficult decision not to pursue a hydro scheme in this particular area any further.

“We will continue to research other sites within the commercial forest.”

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