Wind farm appeal expected

Wind turbines.
Wind turbines.

An appeal by Brunta Hill wind farm developers is likely to be lodged with the Scottish Government against Scottish Borders Council’s decision to refuse planning permission.

Developers PNE had indicated that they would wait for the outcome of the Corsbie Moor wind farm appeal before deciding whether or not to put in their own appeal after their application for an eight turbine wind farm near Westruther was turned down by the council last month.

However, despite the Government Reporter backing the council’s view that the site and scale of the Corsbie Moor application was inappropriate, PNE say that it is “highly likely” they will appeal against the decision on their proposed wind farm.

Chairman of Cranshaws, Ellemford, and Longformacus Community Council, Mark Rowley, said: “By any assessment, with Fallago built alongside all of the existing windfarm developments, and proposals for thirty 145m turbines at Aikengall III and yet another phase of turbines at Crystal Rig the Lammermuir Hills Special Landscape area does not need windfarms in the southerly aspect currently devoid of it.

“Last week three different Government-appointed Reporters judged that SBC’s planners were entirely right in their recommendations to refuse consents at three unsuitable windfarm sites across the Scottish Borders. Brunta is an equally unsuitable site.

“We are sure any appeal will just confirm this so this community council is asking the developers to reconsider their decision to appeal and so save local taxpayers considerable cost.”