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Sandy Knowe Wind Farm refused planning permission

The Sandy Knowe Wind Farm has not been given planning permission Credit: PA

Planning consent for the proposed Sandy Knowe Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway has been refused.

Scottish Natural Heritage had raised concerns over the visual affect the wind farm would have in Upper Nithsdale.

Today, Energy Minister Fergus Ewing announced he would not grant permission for the 30 turbine project to go ahead.

“Scotland has enormous potential for renewable energy that is delivering jobs and investment across Scotland, and I am determined to ensure communities all over Scotland reap the benefits from renewable energy. We need a balanced approach in taking forward this policy and have to consider what impact any development would have on the local area.

“That is why I have refused permission for the proposed Sandy Knowe wind farm, which would have had an unacceptable landscape and visual impact, in the Dumfries and Galloway area."

– Fergus Ewing, Scotland's Energy Minister


Residents 'trapped' due to planning row

Residents of Green Hollows Country Park feel trapped due to an on-going planning dispute.

15 homes were bought to be used as permanent residences only for the owners to be told after that the buildings were classified as holiday homes.

Residents, who have been allowed to live there themselves, have been told that the houses will revert to holiday homes if they're sold, reducing their value by more than half.

Public could grant planning permission

A public referendum could decide a planning row over Green Hallows Country Park Credit: ITV Border

A public referendum could take place this summer to decide a long running planning row in north Cumbria.

Around 15 people bought homes in the Green Hollows Country Park near Southwaite but later found out that they weren't allowed to live there permanently.

They've now been told they can stay but will only be able to sell them in future as holiday homes, reducing their value by more than half.

New localism laws give people the power to vote in a referendum on this issue and one could go ahead this summer.


Referendum could decide the fate of Carr House

Local people could vote on whether Mr Hoyle can live in Carr House Credit: ITV Border

A long running planning row in Cumbria could be settled by a public vote.

It would be one of the first cases of the Localism Act 2012 in action.

Eight years ago, Adam Hoyle renovated Carr House, situated in Mallerstang, near Kirkby Stephen.

The property had been redeveloped as an eco house, unconected to the national grid, with its own mini hydro electric plant.

However, to Mr Hoyle's surprise, Eden District Council told him he didn't have the necessary planning permission and ordered him to undo the work.

"Yeah I couldn't believe it, compete surprise.

The house has been here way back to the 1700's. It's called Carr House and it gives you an indication of what it is.

It's a house, it's not a barn or a new build it's an old house, it should be lived in I think."

– Adam Hoyle, owner of Carr House

To complicate matters further, Adam cannot undo the repairs because the roof has bats roosting inside, and they and their habitats are protected by law.

Now the issue is whether or not he can live in the house.

To try and reach a resolution, it is possible that around 4000 people in Kirby Stephen could be asked to vote on the matter.

New localism laws give people the power to have a referendum on this issue and if the new process goes ahead, the fate of Carr House could be decided by a public vote later this year.

Supermarket plans for Melrose

A major supermarket development is being planned for Melrose.The Co-operative group want to turn the St Dunstans petrol station and neighbouring 'The Whole Lot' shop into a class one supermarket.

They have lodged a planning application with Scottish Borders Council seeking permission for a partial demolition and a change of use for both premises.

The new supermarket for Melrose will be discussed by planners this Autumn.