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Beef Tub windfarm developers drop 12 turbines from plans

Revised plans for a windfarm overlooking the Devil’s Beef Tub at Moffat have gone on public display.

Wind Energy Ltd held an exhibition of their proposed Earlshaugh windfarm in Moffat Town Hall and Tweedsmuir Village Hall this week.

The scheme overlooking the Beef Tub has led to objections from the Moffat community since plans were originally submitted in 2008.

Wind Energy now plan to cut the number of turbines from 36 to 24. Original plans for turbines on the lip of the Beef Tub have also been shelved. The new proposals will be submitted to the Scottish Government’s Energy Consent Unit next month.

A spokesperson for Wind Energy said: “We have significantly reduced the size of the proposed windfarm to limit visual impact on the area.

“We have also carried out further ecology studies to assess the potential impact on wildlife.”

Campaigner Sarah Burchell and other members of the Trees Not Turbines group led a small protest at Moffat Town Hall.

There are already two operational windfarms in Annandale and Eskdale – 17 turbines at Risp Hill on Minsca Farm between Waterbeck and Lockerbie, which was a £40 million scheme by Airtricity Development Scotland, and four at Carlesgill, Langholm.

Approval has been given for 71 turbines at Harestanes Heights, near Ae Forest.

Four others are in various stages of the planning process. It is thought a proposed Clyde windfarm of 161 turbines on the hills between Moffat and Biggar could also have a cumulative impact on Annandale and Eskdale.