Ancient stone circle setting threatened by two turbines

An appellant seeking the erection of two wind turbines 35 metres in height close to the Scottish borders has failed due to the impact on the setting of a 4,000 year old stone circle.

The scheduled monument lay approximately two kilometres from the proposed turbines and the council accepted that their impact on its setting would be less than substantial. But it asserted that the stone circle which occupied a small rounded hill was the only surviving example in the county, and relied on the views of another inspector who had described it as having a very special atmosphere.

A large part of the asset’s significance was due to its setting, the inspector decided, which when coupled with its rarity and historical and aesthetic value, gave it a high degree of significance. Its strong visual relationship to the surrounding landscape was clear and the two turbines would intrude into its setting diminishing the ability of walkers and visitors to appreciate its significance and value. Those visiting the stones would be distracted by the rotating blades and the environmental benefits accruing from reducing greenhouse gas emissions did not outweigh this harm.

Inspector: Richard McCoy; Written representations


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