Wind farm rejected on landscape and visual impact

Consent has been refused for a wind farm in the Scottish Borders after a previous appeal decision to allow the development was quashed following legal action by a community council.

The proposal comprised seven 126.5-metres turbines with a generating capacity of up to 21 megawatts on 183 hectares of pasture on the edge of the uplands. After considering extensive updated environmental information, the reporter judged that the development would have an unacceptable and significant adverse impact in terms of landscape and visual effects, including cumulatively.

Rather than appearing as a coherent enlargement of an existing cluster of 78 turbines, he decided that the wind farm would encroach into part of the hills so far not directly affected by wind energy development. The scheme’s contribution towards national renewable energy targets and combating climate change did not outweigh its unacceptable environmental impact and it failed to comply with development plan policy, he concluded.

Reporter: Mike Shiel; Written representations

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