Senior executives from four renewable energy companies have called on the Scottish Government to “urgently” set out its plans after a court ruling blocked the construction of four offshore wind farms.

Lord Stewart ruled in favour of the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB), which challenged the planning permission granted for the Inch Cape, Neart na Gaoithe and Seagreen Alpha and Bravo projects in the Firth of Forth and the Firth of Tay.

In a letter to The Scotsman newspaper, leaders from Mainstream, Marubeni Europower, Siemens and InterGen said: “It is now for Scottish ministers urgently to set out how they will address the result of the judicial review positively to ensure the opportunity is grasped, and to work with us and our partners to ensure that this nationally significant project is properly consented and brought into operation in the very near term. Doing so will reassure investors that Scotland is still a destination for inward investment.

“The global energy industry is watching how Scotland’s government acts over the coming days.”

£8bn at stake

Between them, the companies said they were investing £8 billion in the four projects.

Lloyd Austin, Head of Policy at RSPB Scotland, said: “Whilst RSPB Scotland will continue to robustly resist any projects which threaten Scotland’s best places for wildlife we also remain resolutely supportive of the development of renewable energy sources in Scotland.”

A spokesman for the Scottish Government added: “Scottish ministers are in the process of considering Lord Stewart’s judgement and its implications and are actively seeking a course of action and outcome that optimises the potential for Scotland’s wind industry and our renewable energy ambitions.”

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