July 17, 2008

Date set for Drone Hill wind farm public inquiry; Coldingham village hall the likely venue

A date has been set for the start of the Drone Hill wind farm public inquiry.
The hearing will begin on Tuesday, August 12, when developers PM Renewables will try to overturn a decision by Scottish Borders Council to reject their application for 22 turbines at the site near Coldingham.

The inquiry will be led by a Scottish Government Reporter, who will make the final decision on whether to grant permission to install turbines on the site.

SBC rejected PM Renewables application in November last year, due to concerns about the impact on tourism and the location.

There has been considerable opposition within Coldingham, with protest group Coldingham STAG saying the wind farm would be destructive to the environment and to the daily lives of residents in East Berwickshire.

But PM Renewables argue there would not be an adverse effect on wildlife, and said they would endeavour to keep disruptions to a minimum and away from main roads.
A public inquiry was called for in February this year after PM Renewables appealed SBC’s original decision.

The inquiry will take place in Coldingham, most likely the village hall.

A public inquiry concerning an application by North British Windpower Ltd to install 48 turbines at Fallago Rig in the Lammermuir Hills took place in February in Duns.
A decision on Fallago Rig has yet to be made but is expected within the coming months.

By Janice Gillie

The Berwickshire News

16 July 2008

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