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Glenkerie extension appeal

An energy development firm has lodged an appeal over a decision to refuse an extension to a remote wind farm near Broughton.

Infinis wanted to stretch its 11-turbine Glenkerie Wind Farm into a neighbouring valley with additional turbines.

Although the application for the six 100-metre high structures won favour with officials at Scottish Borders Council it was eventually rejected by councillors on the planning committee.

Lady Pamela Strachan, who is the wife of Lord Lieutenant Sir Hew Strachan, delivered a damning verdict against the application during November’s meeting.

Lady Strachan told the committee: “In contrast the turbines that are already there, these will be 110 metres higher and will be a great intrusion on the valley.

“The current wind farm is between 100 and 200 metres below the hill line – this cannot be said of the extension.”

Local community councils as well as walkers and hill-runners organisations had also objected to proposals.

And their concerns led to a month-long postponement to allow for further information to be gathered.

When the committee reconvened in December they voted to refuse permission.

Amongst the reasoning for the decision was the impact on the landscape, the intrusion into Glenholm Valley and the proximity and noise nuisance to a property at Glenkirk.

Infinis submitted its appeal this week to the Government’s Directorate for Planning in Falkirk.

A site visit will be conducted over the coming months as well as evidence gathered from both sides of the argument.

A decision on the appeal isn’t expected until late summer.