Brunta Hill wind farm goes to appeal

Brunta Hill wind farm developers have decided to press ahead and appeal the decision to refuse planning permission for the development.

PNE WIND UK confirmed this week that an appeal is being prepared and will be submitted to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals against Scottish Borders Council’s decision to reject its plans for an eight-turbine wind farm, north-west of Westruther.

A spokesperson for PNE WIND UK said; “We have reviewed both the Scottish Borders Council’s decision report for Brunta Hill and other recent decisions in the Scottish Borders in detail, and following consultation with our environmental and planning consultants, PNE WIND UK has decided to appeal our application to the Scottish Government.

“Considerable effort has gone into consulting extensively and making improvements to the wind farm’s design. As a result, we are confident that the wind farm layout is the most sympathetic to the landscape and remains committed to progressing with its development.”

Scottish Borders Council rejected the plans because of its “significant and unacceptable impact, the adverse effect it would have on the Southern Upland Way and the dominant impact it would have on nearby houses.

Chairman of Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Council, Mark Rowley, said: “The Reporter’s view in the Corsbie Appeal was robust - that views from Twin Law and the Southern Upland Way are special and would be harmed by large scale wind development.

“Brunta is an equally unsuitable site. We are sure any appeal will confirm this so this community council is asking the developers to reconsider their decision to appeal and save local taxpayers considerable cost.”