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Campaigners hit out at Borders windfarm plans

Anti-turbine campaigners in the Borders say proposals to revamp planning rules for windfarm sites do not go far enough.

The Scottish Government says they are considering changing the rules so turbines would have to be built further away from towns and villages.

They are also considering outlawing them in national parks and scenic areas.

They want to hear what the public thinks of the plans

"Sadly now we have 424 large scale turbines constructed or consented that affect the Scottish Borders - and many hundreds more advancing through the planning process, we have much less wild landscape left to protect in the Scottish Borders.

"The proposals look helpful on paper but with the Scottish Ministers still keen to consent virtually any scheme and developers ever eager to harvest the subsidies I expect it will make little difference.

"There is already a 2km presumption against development close to settlements in place and yet we are facing schemes today where residents would be 900m away from huge turbines."

– Mark Rowley, anti-turbine protestor

Cumbria involved in Windfarm protest events

Windfarms in Cumbria Credit: ITV Border

A national body opposing windfarms wil be launched in London today and events supporting it will be held across the UK including in Cumbria. More than 30 wind energy schemes have already been consented in the county and a further 45 have been proposed.

More than 15 opposition groups have been created in Cumbria against wind turbines.Representatives and supporters of wind turbine opposition groups from across Cumbria will meet county councillors in Kendal to restate their opposition to win farms.