Coldingham wind turbines are approved

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TW0 wind turbines are to be built just outside Coldingham while planning applications have been put forward for three more similar developments.

Planning permission for the 30 metre turbines on land north west of Lumsdaine Farm was granted on Tuesday at Scottish Borders Council’s planning and building standards committee.

The committee was told that the farm is approximately 4km to the north west of Coldingham village and the turbines will generate electricity that would feed into the national grid via a metering point within the farm buildings.

The site is presently a grassed pasture field and according to the application the turbines will have an ultimate height (to blade tip) of just over 30 metres with the hub height being 24 metres.

It was noted by the committee that the application was one of four planning applications for similar developments. The other three are at Crosslaw Farm (1.9km to the south south-east of Lumsdaine), Buskin Farm (2.3km to the south south-east) and Bogangreen Cottages close to the junction with the A1107 (3.5km to the south-east).

However head of planning Brian Frater reported that “due to the scale of the proposed turbines and their position in the landscape, no significant degree of cumulative visual impact would occur”.

“The immediate landscape would accommodate these items without undue landscape and visual impact,” he said. “The impact on the wider public realm would be relatively low and would be tolerable, particularly when the imminent delivery of the large scale ‘Drone Hill’ wind farm further afield but within Coldingham Moor is taken into account.”

He continued: “Otherwise the development meets policy objectives relating to noise and the protection of residential amenity and would not compromise the public path network.

“The nearest sites or dwellings/buildings not owned by the applicant are all situated at least 420 metres from the turbine site. The consultation response of the environmental health officer raising no objection, together with the absence of any objections from the public, gives confidence about the compatibility of the development with its neighbours.”

Mr Frater said that the development would “undoubtedly” be visible by the public but “in a reasonable manner”.

“It would be compatible with existing components of the landscape including trees and overall impact would be lessened by the topography.”

The site, although near to the Coastal Area of Greant Landscape Value (AGLV) is not within it, and includes vegetation such as trees and changes in land levels made by a series of low hills and ridges in a general plateau.

The committee heard that Coldingham Community Council also supported the application.

Mr Frater recommended approval of the application subject to conditions including limits on noise levels.

The application was approved by the committee.