Inquiry into proposed new Borders wind-turbine power station postponed by blizzards

Location of the proposed new Birneyknowe wind-turbine power station, near Hawick.
Location of the proposed new Birneyknowe wind-turbine power station, near Hawick.

A public local inquiry into a proposed new 51-MW wind-turbine power station near Hawick in the Borders is to be rescheduled after being postponed because of last week’s blizzards.

Durham-based Banks Renewables first applied for permission for the £54 million, 15-turbine station four years ago.

But the plan was rejected by Borders Cooncil because of its adverse impacts on the local landscape, as well as adverse visual and ‘cultural’ impact.

The developers have pledged to generate £300,000 a year in community benefits from the Birneyknowe station, which would provide electricity for some 40,000 households.

5 Mar 2018

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