Small-scale hydro power schemes threaten to spoil a Highlands glen, according Mountaineering Scotland. Seven projects have been proposed for Glen Etive, according to the body that represents the interests of outdoor pursuits enthusiasts. It has urged planning authority Highland Council to protect the area, well-known to film fans as a location for 2012’s James Bond movie Skyfall. The council has been asked to “defend this much-loved landscape.” The local authority said every planning application for hydro schemes was assessed on its merits, taking into account relevant development plan and national policy. Glen Etive, near Glen Coe, is a National Scenic Area, and a Wild Land Area. Mountaineering Scotland said constructing the hydro power schemes on the rivers and burns in the glen would involve road and bridge building, use of cement and the laying of power cables. Chief executive Stuart Younie said urged Highland Council to look at “whole picture of development” in the glen rather than treating each application in isolation.
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