Hydro scheme wins national park approval

A new hydro electricity scheme in Scotland’s first national park has been given the go-ahead by planners.

Hydroplan’s run of river project would generate 400kW for the national grid on a burn at Tullich Farm in Glen Douglas.

And last week it was given approval at a meeting of Loch Lomond and the Trossachs National Park’s planning and access committee.

There were no objections from SEPA or SNH, while the RSPB did not object although there are potential golden eagle eyrie sites within 800 metres of the site.

A report to the meeting said there had been no representations from the public.

Otters are thought to live in the area, and national park planning officials also recommended re-surveying for these before work started, with measures to protect them being specified.

Although the powerhouse would be visible from the road, its landscape impact was thought to be ‘acceptable’.

Hydroplan constructed a 915kW run of river project at Glen Kinglas near the Rest and Be Thankful in 2005 – pictures of this project are available here.

A single track road runs through Glen Douglas, which is also the site of a NATO arms dump.
A single track road runs through Glen Douglas, which is also the site of a NATO arms dump; the red line in the middle of the glen marks the site of the hydro scheme.

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