Public’s first sight of Inch Moor wind park’s 19 turbines

Mark Rowley, of Borders Network
Mark Rowley, of Borders Network

The Berwickshire hills continue to attract wind farm developers and another 19 turbines are being considered at Inch Moor - between Duns and Westruther.

According to developers Ecotricity the “high wind speeds and an isolated landscape” of the site on land north of the B6456, close to Kettelshiel, mean it “has the potential to become a significant contributor to Scotland’s green energy targets”.

Ecotricity’s plans for Inch Moor wind park are currently at the pre-application stage and the company added: “Our initial assessments suggest that the site has the potential to host nineteen wind turbines within the landscape.”

Two drop-in sessions took place at Gavinton and Longformacus last week and Ecotricity say they will hold further public engagement sessions in the future.

Nick Osbourne, Ecotricity spokesperson, said: “The two drop-in sessions were very useful and informative, allowing us to share our plans with local residents and community councils, as well as getting good feedback on the proposals.

Chairman of Cranshaws, Ellemford and Longformacus Community Council, Mark Rowley, responded: “Many residents have expressed dismay that developers have revealed their plans for 33 huge turbines (130m high) larger than any yet built in the Borders.

“Whilst everyone recognised some wind development was necessary, the feeling is that the Lammermuirs has more than done its bit! The community council does take some comfort from SBC’s latest Local Development Plan. It shows that whilst there is capacity for farm-scale turbines, there is no capacity for further large-scale industrial turbines in the area.”