Crystal Rig plans to go on display

Plans for a phase IV extensioon to Crystal Rig wind farm in the Lammermuirs
Plans for a phase IV extensioon to Crystal Rig wind farm in the Lammermuirs

Cockburnspath, Cranshaws and Abbey St Bathans residents have the chance to see the proposed phase IV development at Crystal Rig wind farm at a series of exhibitions next week.

Fred Olsen Renewables are already planning a 17 turbine extension before consent has been received for the seven turbines of the phase III extension.

Local residents can view the latest extension proposals at: Cockburnspath Village Hall on Tuesday, October 14, 2-8pm; Cranshaws Village Hall on Wednesday,October 15, 2-8pm; and Abbey St Bathans Village Hall on October 16, 2-8pm.

These are informal drop-in sessions when members of the Fred Olsen Renewables team will answer any questions.

When Crystal Rig wind farm first became operational in October 2003 it was the largest onshore wind farm in Scotland, with 20 80m high turbines. In May 2007 a further five turbines were added, then in 2010 another 60 turbines went live, predominantly to the west, straddling the Scottish Borders and East Lothian border.

Phase III initially involved a further 11 turbines, using the spare capacity available at the site to connect to the National Grid. In March this year that number was reduced to seven and a decision is still pending.

This latest plan, submitted to Scottish Borders Council in August this year was for another 26 of varying heights, up to 135m tall but Fred Olsen Renewables are now consulting on a 17 turbine extension turbines of different heights with the largest an overall height of 135m high. The company believe the additional turbines “will not add significantly to the visual presence of turbines in the area.”