Approval given to turbines

APPROVAL has been given to the building of two 20m wind turbines on land north west of Harelawside Farm, Grantshouse.

An application for the development was first lodged by Mint Energy (Scotland) Ltd at the end of May, and their plans were finally given the green light by Scottish Borders Council (SBC) last week, subject to a number of conditions.

The two turbines are micro generation models which when erected with stand at a height of 20.6 metres with a rotor diameter of 13.1 metres, compared to some commercial windfarms which typically consist of larger machines that can stand at over 100 metres tall from root to tip.

The applicant say the position of the turbines at Harelawside had been “carefully considered” and they will be sensitively sited to minimise any impact on the surrounding landscape while still maintaining a viable and sustainable energy production.

Mint Energy state that the turbines will be delivered to the site over a 2-3 day period, adding that existing access tracks utilised by current agricultural traffic will be sufficient for construction and annual maintenance access.

The development site is not situated in an area designated to be of natural heritage, scientific, historical or archaeological interest and neither the MoD and Grantshouse Community Council had no objections to the application.

And SBC’s planning committee said the proposals “met planning objectives” sufficiently to warrant approval, subject to a number of conditions.

A number of these related to noise levels, in the interest of residents living in the vicinity of the development and the applicant was instructed to begin construction within three years in a manner approved by SBC and MoD.