Plans for a 12 turbine extension to Fallago Rig wind farm in the Lammermuirs are now with the Scottish Government’s Energy Consents Unit.
Scottish Government has responsibility for considering the application because of the scale of the energy production proposed and the views of all consultees which include Scottish Borders Council, will be taken into account before a decision is reached.
After a year of public exhibitions and consultation, wind farm operators EDF has reduced the number of 126.5m high turbines from 17 to 12, all consultees have had another chance to comment and it will now be up to the Scottish Government whether or not the extension gets the go ahead.
When the first Fallago Rig wind farm application was being discussed Scottish Borders Council objected to the 62 turbine development, and after two public enquiries and a reduction in turbines to 48 it eventually received planning consent in 2011 and became operational two years later.
Responding to this extension Scottish Borders Council’s supports the application but asks officials to be mindful of the fact that the extension includes land to the east and west of the existing wind farm “which SBC could originally not support’.
Lammermuir Community Council’s response was: “The existing effects of wind farms on this landscape and community council are significant and the pressure of emerging proposals intense,” adding that their response is informed by their understanding of the current Fallago Rig wind farm, other wind farms in the landscape and knowledge of the local landscape and how it is used.”