Scots to appeal Viking setback

The Scottish government says it will appeal a court ruling that found flaws in its consent process for the 103-turbine Viking wind farm on Shetland.

Last month Lady Clark of Calton said she was not satisfied that Scottish government officials had “complied with their obligations under the Wild Birds Directive 2009”.

The government said then that it would consider its next move, but now says it will challenge the decision.

Developer Viking Energy, which is 50%-owned by utility SSE, has faced controversy over the plan since 2009.

Lady Clark delivered the judgement at the Court of Session in Edinburgh following a judicial review brought by pressure group Sustainable Shetland, which wants the Viking development stopped. The wind farm also enjoys local support on economic and environmental grounds.

It was given consent by the Scottish government in April.