Eight turbine wind farm at Grantshouse

A piece of this wind turbine has broken off at Longpark wind farm near Stow.
A piece of this wind turbine has broken off at Longpark wind farm near Stow.

Plans for an eight turbine wind farm at Howpark, two miles north east of Grantshouse, have been submitted to Scottish Borders Council.

The turbines would be 100m at blade height and as the proposed wind farm would be close to Drone Hill and Penmanshiel wind farms, the supporting statement provided by the Reading based applicants, LE20 Ltd, states that from some aspects it would appear as “one wind farm group”.

It is accepted that the proposed development would have “a significant effect on the existing views at Hazelfield and Nos. 1-5 Renton Cottages, although experienced in the context of the existing Drone Hill and Penmanshiel wind farms, which already have a significant influence on the existing views,” continues the report.

“Although the visual effect on the view would be significant, the proposed development would not affect the residential visual amenity; the living standards of the property overall; or render it an unattractive place to live when judged objectively and in the public interest.”

The plans include the formation of a new access road from the minor road to Atton, off the A1 east of Grantshouse.

As the proposed development has an electricity generating capacity below 50 MW planw were submitted to Scottish Borders Council - larger schemes would require Scottish Government approval.

At the pre-application stage Livos Energy contacted community councils at Granthouse, Cockburnspath and Coldingham and held drop in sessions and a public exhibition in Grantshouse Village Hall last year to explain the plans.