United Kingdom

United Kingdom

Wales lobby waarns of wind turbine blight

A wind farm in the Scottish Borders has won planning approval despite vociferous opposition by local campaigners. The application for 26 turbines at Dun Law was recommended for approval by planning officers and was passed comfortably by Scottish Borders Council by ten votes to five. Developer Renewable Energy Systems now has to wait to see if the scheme is approved by the new Scottish Secretary, Donald Dewar, who has the last word over all wind energy schemes north of the border. The company's Chris Shears says it has taken a long time and a lot of consultation to gain the local authority's consent. He points out that none of the statutory bodies to be consulted objected to the plans. Moreover, the site is two kilometres from the nearest houses and views of the wind farm from local properties will be minimal, he says.

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