Authority has no objection to Pentland Firth development

HIGHLAND COUNCIL has decided to raise no objection to a consultation on proposals by MeyGen Limited to construct and operate 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 that this can bring to the area.
Leader of The Highland Council, Councillor 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. We and our partners look forward to working with the applicant to develop this aspiration further.”
This response relates to the tidal array only. The council’s determination of the on-shore elements of the proposal will be considered at a future meeting of the North Planning Applications Committee.