South Scotland

E.On Corsbie Moor wind farm rejected

Wind turbines
Council officials had recommended refusal of the plans despite a second reduction in their size

Plans for a Borders wind farm, which have twice been reduced in size, have been rejected by councillors.

E.On had originally looked to build 21 turbines at Corsbie Moor near Westruther.

However, that number was reduced to 12 and then further cut to just nine after the company "considered all the views from the local community".

Scottish Borders Council planning officials were still unhappy with the bid and had advised refusal.

They said the development would have been out of scale with the landscape.

They also said walkers using the Southern Upland Way would have experienced "adverse cumulative impact" when the nine new turbines were added to existing schemes.

E.On said the scheme had been "carefully redesigned" to produce "a significant amount of renewable energy using a smaller number of turbines".

Councillors decided to follow planning official advice and reject the project.

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