A PROPOSAL to erect wind turbines in Uist has been knocked back because of the effect they would have on military radar systems.

Now the Comhairle is urging the government to facilitate discussions with the MoD so future developments can go ahead unhindered.

Scottish Ministers refused a planning application for community turbines at the Dark Island Hotel in Benbecula, and at Bornish, South Uist.

Comhairle leader Angus Campbell said that while the decision was frustrating, it was not surprising.

"The delay in the decision making process to get to this point has certainly been frustrating for the developers concerned, the communities affected and indeed for Comhairle Members," he said. 

"From today, I seriously hope that we can work with the MOD to identify areas where wind turbine development can be accommodated and continue to investigate the possibilities of mitigation or measures that can allow development of the radar constrained areas for the future. I would expect the Scottish Ministers assistance to facilitate these discussions with the MOD”.

Kenneth Murray, Chair of the Comhairle Environment and Protective Services Committee, said that the decisions taken by the Scottish Ministers were contrary to the wishes of the Committee. 

"However," he added, "they are consistent with the advice given by our planning officials. 

 "We now have to move on and ensure that we all do what we can to ensure that we do not find ourselves in long protracted planning decisions making processes again."