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Eyemouth turbines planned

Two 34.5 metre high wind turbines are planned at Alemill Farm, between Eyemouth and Coldingham.

Fine Energy have submitted a planning application to Scottish Borders Council for the two turbines to the north west of Alemill Farm, with the A1107 to the north, the A1 and East Coast rail line to the south and an unclassified road to the east.

The turbines would generate sufficient electricity to power 115 homes a year, but not the nearby farmhouse.

A statement from the landowners at Alemill Farm that is included in the application reads: “Although we will not be using the power directly, the subsidy generated from the land rental will offset the cost of electricity used to run the farm, which in turn will help to keep this small family farm viable. As a small independent farm there is a fear of being swallowed up by other farms in the area, if forced to sell land parcels.”

In December 2013, Scottish Borders Council drew up supplementary planning guidance for single and groups of two or three wind turbines in Berwickshire, this application falling into the ‘Rolling Lowland Margin - Eye Water Lowland, landscape’ category.

Planning guidance states: “Turbines of this height are likely to be more difficult to accommodate within very small scale and complex topography, along the floor of very narrow glens and passes, on the coast.

“They should be sited where they can more readily be accommodated by landform scale. These turbines are more easily accommodated if they are on low ridges or the side slopes of hills, set slightly apart from farms or settlements.

 

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