‘Go ahead’ says Council

THE Highland Council is to raise no objections to a consultation on proposals by MeyGen Ltd for a 86MW tidal array scheme in the inner sound of the Pentland Firth.
The council’s response to Marine Scotland reaffirms its support of renewable energy development in the Highlands and highlights the economic benefits it can bring to the area.
Council leader Drew Hendry said: “Our Development Plan is supportive of renewable energy development where it is well located and when it can operate effectively, and importantly, without significant detrimental effect on the environment. Such a development in the Pentland Firth has the potential to bring a welcomed boost to the local economy. It also could be an exciting catalyst for Caithness and North Sutherland to become a centre of excellence in the marine renewable energy sector.”
The response relates to the tidal array only. The council’s determination of the onshore elements of the proposal will be considered at a planning meeting.