Two wind farms have been approved by planners in the north east of Scotland. Micon UK Ltd and Renewable Energy Systems of Hemel Hempstead both had their 10 MW projects in Helmsdale, Sutherland approved in late March by Highland Regional Council. Councillors granted consent against the advice of their own planning officers and in the teeth of a well orchestrated campaign of opposition. They took their decision at a meeting in Helmsdale after hearing the developers put their case, followed by representations from local people both in favour and opposed. Now Micon and RES are at the final planning hurdle as they await a decision by the Scottish Secretary of State who has the last word on all wind farm applications in Scotland.