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Wind farm decision due 'shortly'
Barvas Moor
The wind farm is proposed for Barvas Moor on Lewis
A decision on whether a massive wind farm will go ahead is expected before the end of the month, the enterprise secretary has said.

Lewis Wind Power's plan for 176 turbines for a site on the Western Isles is being considered by the Scottish Government.

Jim Mather - speaking to interviewer Lesley Riddoch on BBC Radio Scotland - said a decision was due "very shortly".

He said this would happen without a referendum being held first.

Isles SNP MSP Alasdair Allan had previously called for a poll of local opinion on the plan for Barvas Moor, Lewis.

Final decision

Mr Mather said: "I think we have consulted widely and heard local opinion loud and clear."

Asked when a decision would be made he said: "Before the end of this month I'd imagine."

Last February, councillors on Comhairle nan Eilean Siar (Western Isles Council) voted by 18 to eight to support the 500m project.

The comhairle's backing was given on condition that five turbines were removed from the 181 LWP proposed.

The final decision on the planning application rests with the Scottish Government.

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