Vegetable processor’s wind power

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Drysdales, the vegetable processing business at Cockburnspath, will be in a position to produce its own energy after planning consent was given for two 77.9m turbines.

The turbines will be erected 200m from the north west edge of Drone Hill Wind Farm, and 700m north east of Penmanshiel wind farm, which has also been approved. At 77.9m high the turbines are two metres taller than those at Drone Hill, and despite the turbines being a slightly different design according to Scottish Borders planners “it is the intention that this development would effectively be read as a small extension to the Drone Hill Wind Farm, by extending its layout/grid pattern and by using a machine with similar dimensions”.

In recommending that the application be approved planning officers took the view that since Drone Hill and Penmanshiel (both given planning permission on appeal after SBC had originally turned down the applications) will be close to each other and the addition of two turbines of a similar height to Drone Hill in between the two wind farms, increasing the turbines from 37 to 39, will have very little cumulative impact.

“The overall landscape effects of the enlarged group would be very similar with or without the current proposal for two turbines,” said planning officer John Hiscox, adding that the additional noise from them would be “negligible”.

There were objections to the two turbines from 22 households who came up with a list of 34 reasons why the application should be refused; SBC’s access officer recommended refusal because of the impact on the Southern Upland Way and Berwickshire Coastal Path; Cockburnspath and Cove Community Council had ten reasons why it should be refused; and Berwickshire Civic Society objected to the plans as well.