Wind farm approved after appeal

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A nine-turbine wind farm project that had been rejected by Scottish Borders Council has been approved following an appeal.

The plans for Windy Edge, to the south of Hawick, were described as “incongruous and anachronistic” by SBC a year ago, but were given the go-ahead this week by a government reporter.

Despite the council’s concerns over the project’s environmental impact, and more than 300 letter of opposition, the reporter ruled that it could proceed.

Councillors voted by six to two to reject the proposal, which was originally lodged in June 2013, despite supporters claiming that the turbines would have a lesser impact on the landscape than forestry, and help combat climate change to boot.

Three of the turbines are planned to be 110m tall, with the others standing at 125m.

The government reporter added that the turbines would “not impact on the setting” of nearby Hermitage Castle and chapel.