South Scotland

Cloich Forest wind farm inquiry date set

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A date has been set for a public inquiry into a proposed 18-turbine wind farm near Eddleston in the Borders.

Scottish Borders Council agreed to formally object to the plans by Cloich Wind Farm LLP last year.

Energy Minister Fergus Ewing referred the application to the Scottish government's directorate of planning and environmental appeals.

A public inquiry has now been scheduled to start on 26 May at the Peebles Hydro Hotel.

The company behind the project estimates that the wind farm would generate enough energy for 30,000 homes.

It also says local communities could benefit from a fund of about £270,000-a-year.

However, SBC and three community councils have objected to the project.

Meanwhile, plans have been lodged to extend another wind farm in the region.

EDF Energy Renewables are looking at building 17 turbines adjacent to Fallago Rig near Lauder.

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