Scotland’s regional government rejected proposals to build two wind farms, saying they would have a damaging impact on the landscape.
The projects in Sallachy and Glencassley were being developed by Germany’s WKN Windkraft Nord AG and SSE Plc, a U.K.-based energy company. They were planned to have 22 and 23 turbines respectively, according to a statement from the Scottish government.
The decision is an indication of the opposition to the further spread of wind farms, which U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron’s Conservative administration has said it will quit backing on land. Authorities in Scotland have been more supportive of renewables, though they also are feeling voter concerns about the issue.
"I have refused permission as the proposals would still have significant and unacceptable landscape and visual impacts in the local areas and these are not outweighed by any wider policy benefit," Scottish Energy Minister Fergus Ewing said in the statement.
A 5.4 billion-pound ($8.2 billion) wind project in Navitus Bay off the coast of southern England was refused planning permission after local people protested against the visual impact. There are more than 300 anti-wind farm action groups in the U.K.