Councillors have deferred a decision on a 20-turbine wind farm in a Highland beauty spot after demanding a site visit.
A decision was due to be reached on whether to allow planning permission for Glen Kyllachy wind farm, near Tomatin, yesterday.
The south planning applications committee voted to defer discussion of the plans after concerns were raised about the quality of visualisations of the proposed farm provided by developer RWE Innogy.
Councillor Margaret Davidson, Aird and Loch Ness, called the impressions put before the committee “particularly poor” and called for the decision to be deferred.
Campaign group Strathdearn Against Windfarm Developments (SAWD) had called for the discussion to be postponed before the meeting, claiming that the visualisations had ignored many points in the area where the turbines would be most visible.
The proposal by RWE Innogy is to build the 20 360ft turbines around the existing 40-turbine development at Farr. If given permission they will be visible from the A9 Inverness-Perth trunk road.
However, the plans unusually received more votes of support than objection.