South Scotland

Windy Edge wind farm scheme rejected

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Councillors have refused plans for a wind farm south of Hawick due to concerns over its landscape impact.

Infinis UK wanted to put up nine turbines in the Windy Edge project north of Hermitage Castle.

The project had attracted more than 300 letters of opposition, along with more than 100 in support of the scheme.

Planning officials recommended refusal, saying it would be "incongruous and anachronistic". Councillors voted by six to two to reject the proposals.

Supporters of the scheme claimed the turbines would have less of an impact on the landscape than forestry, and that it would help combat climate change.

Opponents believed there would be adverse visual impacts on areas like Hermitage Castle and the wider landscape.

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