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Windfarm cash framework needed  

Members of Sottish Borders Council’s Berwickshire Area Committee met on Tuesday when they were given a report by the director of planning and economic development on windfarms.
The report was mainly concerned with community benefits in relation to the installation of windfarms in the region and it proposed that a governance framework be set up to look at this particular issue.
The number of planning applications for windfarms in the region has dramatically increased over the past few years and concerns have been raised by members of the public and various community councils over issues of noise, landscape impact, a detrimental effect on tourism and a negative effect on wildlife.
There is also a perception that costs and benefits of windfarms are not borne equally.
Landowners are set to recieve large financial gains with the development of the windfarms whilst communities, who say that they would suffer the environmental impact, feel they stand to receive few of the benefits.
It has been decided that communities should be given some financial reward and the idea of a framework is to monitor just how much each area will get and this will be reviewed initially after three years and then at four year intervals.
Members noted the report and will discuss it in more detail at further meetings.


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