Developer to consider options after refusal
ThE developer of a proposed wind farm between Ashkirk and Roberton is considering its options following councillors’ refusal of the plan this week.
Scottish Borders Council planners rejected the eight-turbine scheme for Barrel Law, near Alemoor Loch. Concerns centred on the impact of the 125m-high turbines on the landscape, RAF radar and the Eskdalemuir seismic facility, which monitors underground nuclear testing.
Duncan Scott, ABO Wind UK project manager, said the firm would look at the refusal in detail and “consider future possible options”.
This could include an appeal to the Scottish Government, which proved successful for the developer of the Langhope Rig wind farm, which is close to the proposed site of the Barrel Law scheme.
Mr Scott also criticised the MoD and council for their objections, stating a study on the impact of vibrations from turbines in the 50km zone around Eskdalemuir was “not fit for purpose”, adding: “While we note the council’s views on the level of landscape visual impact, we find it very difficult to agree with their conclusions.”
ABO Wind UK had said that investment into a community benefit fund could top £2million over the lifetime of the wind farm.
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