Wind project developer AMEC has been told by the Scottish Land Court that it can forge ahead with a 47 MW wind farm on crofting land on the island of Skye. The court decided that part of the common grazing land on the Edinbane Estate could be taken out of crofting use to allow construction of the northern section of the wind farm. AMEC says the decision should set the scene for a ruling by the Crofting Commission over adjacent land so that the southern part of the Edinbane wind farm can be built. Most of the local crofters are behind the project, but opposition from a small number of crofters led to the case being heard by the Land Court in Edinburgh. "We have been working closely with the landowner and crofters at Edinbane for almost a decade," says David Hodkinson from AMEC. "The outcome of the Land Court hearing brings the proposed wind farm and related rental payments closer to realisation providing confidence for AMEC to progress the development of wind farms on crofted land in other parts of Scotland." Construction is likely to begin later this year or early 2005.
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