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MP David Mundell objects to Devil’s Beef Tub wind farm

An MP has lodged an objection to plans for a wind farm near the Devil’s Beef Tub in southern Scotland despite a reduction in its size.

Developer Wind Energy has cut back its proposed turbine numbers at Earlshaugh from 36 to 24.

Dumfriesshire, Clydesdale and Tweeddale MP David Mundell said the site remained “entirely inappropriate”.

The company said the new plans would greatly reduce the visual and landscape impact on the surrounding area.

In their revised submission to Scottish ministers, the developers have cut back the number of turbines in response to objections raised to the original 2008 application.

Among those opposed to the plans at that time were Scottish Natural Heritage – who were concerned about the impact on local wildlife – and Scottish Borders Council in whose area the site lies.

Despite the changes to the proposal, Mr Mundell said he remained opposed to the project in an area of such a scenic and historic nature.

He added that he was concerned about the cumulative impact of the development alongside the nearby Clyde Wind Farm.

The wind farm site is located in the Scottish Borders but lies within a few miles of neighbouring Dumfries and Galloway.

The Devil’s Beef Tub acquired its name from its historical use as a site to hide stolen cattle.