Brunta Hill wind farm consultation at Westruther

PNE Wind UK Ltd will hold a third round of public exhibitions in Lauder Public Hall and Westruther Village Hall next week to show local people their revised plans for the Brunta Hill Wind Farm.

The exhibitions will be held on August 30 and 31. The new wind farm layout includes an improved design which reduces the number of turbines from 10 to 8, and the height of the turbines from 126.5m to 100m.

Gilbert Stevenson, PNE Wind UK’s project manager, said: “Over the past two and a half years, PNE Wind UK has met with and consulted local people at meetings, public exhibitions and through the Community Council Liaison Group which holds regular meetings at The Lodge at Carefraemill. We are now holding a third round of exhibitions to ensure that the new wind farm layout, which addresses many of the issues raised with us during the consultation process, can be viewed by the widest audience possible.

“At the exhibitions, we will also be able to update people on other benefits that have been agreed with the local community councils, including an index-linked Development Trust, a one off fee to be paid on commencement of construction and sponsorship for local projects.”

The smaller wind farm has been designed with guidance received from Scottish Natural Heritage and will still be able to generate a significant amount of renewable energy; enough electricity to meet the needs of up to 14,000 homes.

PNE Wind will present their revised plans to Scottish Borders Council in the autumn in the form of a supplementary environmental statement.