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Controversial wind farm to bring 100 jobs to Borders

19 wind turbines will be built. Credit: PA

Planning consent has been granted for a major new wind farm in the Scottish Borders.

Aikengall IIa will be located in the Lammermuir Hills, and will consist of 19 turbines.

The development by Community Wind Power Ltd will bring 100 jobs to the area, and is expected to generate up to £9.4 million in community benefit.

The company says this money will be divided equally between local communities.

It'll produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of almost 35,000 homes.

Planning consent was granted today by Keith Brown MSP, Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work.

Local councils had raised concerns about the development.

Scottish Borders Council's planning committee voted to object to the scheme against the recommendation of planning officers, because they said it would "unacceptably harm" the landscape.

East Lothian Council also opposed the scheme, claiming it was "unquestionably the wrong development in the wrong place".

Public inquiry scheduled for proposed Borders wind farm

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A public inquiry into a proposed major wind farm in the Borders is set to get underway next week.

Greenock-based Whitelaw Brae Wind Farm Ltd. want to erect 16 turbines on a site around three kilometres from the Peeblesshire hamlet of Tweedsmuir.

Scottish Borders Council renewed its opposition to the scheme at a meeting last month.

Government planning reporters David Buylia and Claire Milne will listen to evidence from the developers as well as the objectors including Tweedsmuir Community Council and the Mountaineering Council of Scotland.

The public inquiry will get underway in Tweedsmuir Village Hall on Tuesday.

A site visit is scheduled to take place on Thursday, September 1st.


Dumfries & Galloway wind farm gets go ahead

Wind farm. Credit: PA

The Scottish Government has given the go ahead for a new wind farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

The 24 turbine Stranoch wind farm, near Glenwhilly, could produce enough electricity to power the equivalent of 34,959 homes.

Economy Secretary Keith Brown granted permission for the wind farm.

Renewable energy sources generated more than 57% of gross electricity consumption in Scotland in 2015.

The growth of onshore wind in recent years has been the key factor in the expansion of renewable energy in Scotland: creating jobs, providing secure and low-carbon energy and delivering significant community benefits.

– Economy Secretary Keith Brown

Muircleugh wind farm proposals rejected

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Plans to build a wind farm between Stow and Lauder have been rejected by Scottish Borders Council.

Airvolution's application for the seven turbine site at Muircleugh was unanimously refused by the Council’s Planning and Building Standards Committee yesterday morning.

The council believes it would have an "unacceptable" impact on the landscape and character of the area.

But the company behind the plans claims the council has 'lost out on over £3.9m of investment' to the region. It says it is considering its options with regards to next steps.


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

Local company wins Glenchamber Wind Farm contract

The wind farm will be between Glenluce, New Luce and Kirkcowan Credit: Nick Ansell/PA Wire

A local construction company has won the contract for Glenchamber Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

Renewable energy company RES has awarded the main construction contract for the farm to Luce Bay Plant Hire, a family-run contractor based at Dunragit.

The contract, which is valued at around £8 million, will see Luce Bay Plant Hire complete both the offsite road improvements in preparation for construction starting on site, and civil works for the construction of the wind farm.

Campaign against Wigtown Bay wind farm

Local residents have raised concern over what a wind farm would do to the landscape Credit: PA

Local residents of Scotland's official Book Town have raised concerns over a wind farm development proposal.

The plan for seven turbines on the hills overlooking Wigtown Bay has come under criticism as it's within Britain's largest local nature reserve.

"It's not just local folks saying, we have a pretty part of the world and we are going to protect it.

This is an inspiration to artists , writers, film makers, from literally all over the world and we are trying to protect that from being desecrated by from what would become an industrial site."

– Hamish Wilson, Save Wigtown Bay
The current view of Wigtown Bay Credit: ITV Border

The company who want to build the turbines say they've done everything possible to ensure the landscape can accommodate the turbines.

Plans for a wind farm in Wigtown Bay

There is a proposal to build seven turbines Credit: PA

There is a proposal to develop a wind farm in Wigtown Bay.

It is claimed the seven turbines would power 10,000 homes.

The company responsible for the plans, Ecotricity, also states that the development would benefit local contractors.

However opponents argue that the turbines would ruin the beauty of the local landscape, which would damage the area's tourism trade.

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