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United Kingdom

Two Scottish applications in doubt

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The outcome of two wind plant applications in Scotland by Borderwind is in doubt. In August a planning inquiry was called to determine whether the five turbines proposed near Newcastleton would interfere with low flying aircraft exercises. Further north at Crakaig in Sutherland, plans for eight 600 kW turbines are running into fall-out from the controversy surrounding two previous wind farm applications in the area. In August the local planning committee voted by ten votes to nine to refuse the application, but later decided to refer it to the full Highland Council. Only one kilometre separates Borderwind's project from Micon's planned 20 turbine site at Helmsdale. Micon's scheme and Renewable Energy Systems' nearby project of 17 wind turbines were both granted planning consent in March. They now await a final decision by the Scottish Secretary.

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