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Highland Council Refuses Planning Permission For Wind Farm At Borrowston 19 September 03
Planning permission to build 10 wind turbines at Borrowston (between Forss and Dounreay) was refused at a meeting in Thurso town hall.   The councillors who were members of the Planning, Development, Europe and Tourism Committee came from various parts of the highlands by bus from Inverness and went on a site visit. 

Stopping at various points whilst Bill Hepburn the director of planning and development pointed out various features in plans and photographs.  The ten turbines would have been nearly 100 metres high - bigger than the two already at nearby Forss.   On a beautiful day it was easy for everyone to see how the turbines would impact on the views of the north coast and be visible for many miles along the coast.
Despite the fact that the population is small in that area councillors on the committee decided that the site was inappropriate for such a large development   Presentations were made at the town hall on behalf of the developer Scottish Power, the local community council and three objectors who all live in the area.  25 people in total had objected and a further late objection was read out at the start of the meeting.