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Wind turbines appeal fails

Planning permission for two 34.4m high wind turbines at Alemill Farm, Eyemouth was refused earlier this year and an appeal against that decision has also failed.

Scottish Borders Council officers refused to allow the two turbines to be built saying it was against their planning policies and would be widely visible within the surrounding area. The local review panel of SBC councillors has upheld that decision.

The planning application attracted both opposition and support from the public and the landowner argued: “Although we will not be using the power directly, the subsidy generated from the land rental will offset the cost of the electricity used to run the farm, which in turn will help to keep this small family farm viable. As a small independent family farm there is a fear of being swallowed up by other farms in the area, if forced to sell land parcels.”

The applicants Fine Energy Ltd acknowledged that there would be some limited visual impact at the nearest houses but argued that there are “sufficient over‐arching environmental, personal and financial benefits to counter‐weight these issues”.

Local people who opposed the erection of the turbines in the low, rolling landscape’ said the benefits of the turbines (producing enough electricity for 115 houses) did not outweigh the cost to the visual landscape and the impact on residents and tourism businesses.

If Fine Energy Ltd do not accept the decision of the council they can make an application to the Court of Session within six weeks of the deision – made on September 22, 2014.