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Planning Application Submitted for Wind Farm at Barrel Law, Near Roberton
Categories: ABO Wind | Published: 14/09/2017 | Views: 56
A planning application for a seven turbine wind farm on grazing land near Barrel Law, approximately 7km south west of Ashkirk, 3.5km north-west of Roberton and 9km west of Hawick has been submitted to Scottish Borders Council by wind farm developer ABO Wind UK.
Located approximately 2km south of the operational Langhope Rig Wind Farm, on the lands of Todrig and Whitslade Farms, the developers believe the Barrel Law site is suitable for a wind farm, due to its high wind speeds and few environmental sensitivities. The turbines proposed have a total generation capacity of up to 24.5 Megawatts (MW) and a blade tip height of up to 132 metres. The proposed development is different to that submitted by ABO Wind to Scottish Borders Council in 2012 and aims to address the reasons for refusal at that time. Key differences include reducing the number of turbines from eight to seven and moving the turbine cluster further north towards Langhope Rig Wind Farm, further from the Ale Water and the Ashkirk to Roberton road. If consented and constructed, the development could represent approximately £8m investment into the Scottish Borders economy. Clark Crosbie, Head of Development for ABO Wind UK said, “The site is located well outside the area being discussed for a proposed Borders National Park. In addition, the site has good wind resource, a readily available electricity grid connection and is relatively isolated from houses”. Submission of the planning application follows a programme of pre-application consultation by ABO Wind with a wide range of stakeholders, including a public exhibition of the proposals at Roberton in March. There will now be a further period of consultation, managed by Scottish Borders Council, when interested parties will be encouraged to register their views on the planning application. The planning application is accompanied by an Environmental Statement reporting the detailed Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) undertaken which assesses in depth the potential effects of the wind farm including on landscape and visual amenity, ornithology, ecology, traffic, cultural heritage, geology, hydrology, tourism and recreation. Formal consideration of the application by Scottish Borders Council will take place over the next few months. More information about the Barrel Law Wind Farm proposal is available at www.barrellawwindfarm.co.uk Copies of the Planning Application and Environmental Statement will be made available for viewing at Scottish Borders Council Headquarters, Hawick Library and Selkirk Library. In addition, copies will be distributed to the Community Councils of Lilliesleaf Ashkirk & Middlem; Upper Teviotdale & Borthwick Water; Ettrick & Yarrow; and Hawick. All the application materials will be available online via the Council’s Public Access Portal.
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