The Scottish Government has over-ruled Borders cooncil to approve a 15MW extension to Glenkerie wind farm, near Tweedsmuir, operated by UK renewable energy producer Infinis Energy.
The proposed plans include adding six turbines to the Borders site, bringing the total from 11 to 17. The site, which has been generating power since February 2012, currently has a total capacity of 22MW which would increase to 37MW after the expansion takes place.
**Borders Cooncil had previously rejected plans to expand the wind farm in December 2014, despite positive recommendations from its own staff planning experts on landscape and noise issues.
However Infinis appealed the council’s decision submitting documents to the Scottish planning appeals directorate in March 2015.
Two community councils as well as walkers and hill-running groups had objected to proposals to expand the 11-turbine wind farm.
The approval is subject to to 34 conditions by the directorate for planning and environmental appeals ranging from the overall height of the wind turbines being restricted to 100 metres, to arranging a scheme for mitigation of potential shadow flicker effects.
** ‘Cooncil’ is the Scottish language word for ‘council’ and is not pejorative:
Dictionar o’ the Scots Leid / Dictionary of the Scots Language – http://goo.gl/7xo5Bk