WIND farm developers E.ON Climate and Renewables are reducing the number of turbines they plan at Corsbie Moor Farm north of Gordon from the initial 12 to nine.
“Though there was much support for the original scheme, we take the objections received very seriously,” said Matilda Urie, project developer for E.ON Climate and Renewables.
“We have tentatively decided to reduce the scheme to nine turbines with a maximum tip height of 126.5m. This latest design change addresses the concerns raised as much as possible while balancing the requirement to produce renewable energy.”
The energy company is now planning to hold public exhibitions next month: at Westruther Village Hall, on Monday, May 14, 4pm-8pm; and The Lauderdale Hotel on Tuesday, May 15, again from 4-8pm. They are also looking at distributing newsletters in the Lauderdale, Earlston and Gordon and Westruther, Cranshaws/Longformacus community council regions with a poll to gauge opinion.
Last month they hinted that the number of turbines might be reduced by one but latest indications are that it is down to nine.
There has been considerable opposition to the Corsbie wind farm, including from the Duke of Northumberland who has battled wind farm developments in the past, most notably Fallago Rig which was on the Duke of Roxburgh’s land.
In a letter of objection to the Corsbie Moor wind farm the Duke of Northumberland said: “The Borders were, until quite recently, one of the most beautiful parts of the UK but, in the last few years, developers have moved in and are slowly destroying the quality of our landscape and environment.
“The lure of riches have seduced farmers and landowners into accepting wind farms and the local planning system seems unable to protect the area from turbine proliferation.
“At the moment, the road from Coldstream to Carfraemill is one of the few Border roads unaffected by wind farm intrusion. This will change dramatically if Corsbie Moor and/or Brunta go ahead.”