Wind farm is blown away

Plans to erect four large wind turbines have been torn up after the developer concluded that the site near Hutton in the Merse Valley is unsuitable.

Airvolution Energy has announced that it will not be proceeding with plans to develop the 126.5m turbines at Crossrig, 3km southwest of Hutton.

The news has been greeted with relief by the Lamberton and Mordington Action Group.

Airvolution expressed interest in the Crossrig site in November 2012, prompting concern across the Merse Valley that it would be the start of a string of applications for large turbines in the low lying area.

Surveys have been conducted on the site and Scottish Borders Council and Scottish Natural Heritage consulted.

However, Airvolution Energy now say that its experts have concluded that the site would not be suitable.

Richard Mardon, chief 
executive of Airvolution Energy, said: “As with all of our developing projects, we carry out extensive studies to assess

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whether they will be suitable wind farm sites.

“We also consult with a wide range of statutory bodies to ask for their views.

“The evidence in this case has shown that this is not the right place for large scale wind turbines, and on that basis we will not be submitting a planning application for wind turbines at Crossrig.”

“98% of land in the UK is not suitable for wind turbines of this size, so it is vital that all the areas with potential are investigated thoroughly to assess their suitability.

“We are committed to building projects in the right place, and this is not one of them.”

A meeting in Foulden in December, called to discuss the potential turbine lands cape, resulted in the the Lamberton and Mordington Action Group being formed.

Denise Walton, spokesperson for the group, said: “This is great news for Berwickshire and appears, on the face-of-it, to be developers acting responsibly. We would hope that other developers follow the example of Airevolution Energy, particularly the developers of proposals such as Hornburn near Ayton, where there is so much more to lose in terms of negative landscape impact and where scant regard has been paid to the local democratic planning process.

“The balance has been tipped and more than enough of Berwickshire’s landscape has been spoilt by the poor location of even some of the smaller wind turbines.

“The truly scandalous ‘constraint payments’ to windfarms in the Lammermuirs clearly demonstrates that there is now significant over-capacity of electricity supply from wind in our area.

“It is now time to put a stop to all turbine construction in the locality.”