[ exact phrase in "" • results by date ]

[ Google-powered • results by relevance ]


Add NWW headlines to your site (click here)

when your community is targeted

Get weekly updates

RSS feeds and more

Keep Wind Watch online and independent!

Donate via Stripe

Donate via Paypal

Selected Documents

All Documents

Research Links


Press Releases


Campaign Material

Photos & Graphics


Allied Groups

Wind Watch is a registered educational charity, founded in 2005.

News Watch Home

Village wins its battle against Gilston wind farm bid 

Credit:  By Kathryn Wylie | The Southern Reporter | 03 July 2019 | www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk ~~

A Borders village which took on the Scottish Government over its decision to approve a controversial wind farm there has won its appeal.

Heriot Community Council took legal action against a reporter’s decision to overturn Scottish Borders Council’s rejection of the proposed Gilston wind farm on landscape impact grounds.

Residents believed the reporter failed to properly address the issues arising from the appeal and gained financial backing from nearby Raeshaw Estate to pursue the matter this spring.

And that move paid off last week as Scottish ministers agreed to quash the reporter’s decision and order that the appeal be looked at again by a different reporter.

Forsa Energy, the developer hoping to build seven turbines on land north west of Gilston Farm, has since sold its wind farm portfolio to German firm BayWa.

It now falls upon that firm to decide whether to continue with the Gilston application.

Community council chairman John Williams said the Heriot committee is pleased with the outcome.

“It vindicates the difficult decision to bring about such a serious and complex legal action,” he said.

“Such actions are seldom undertaken and only succeed where the court finds or, as in this case, ministers accept that the decision was not in accordance with the law.

“The bar set by the Scottish courts is high, and this success emphasises that it was the correct thing to do in the circumstances.

“It goes without saying that Heriot Community Council could only bring the action with the full financial support of Raeshaw Estate.”

Source:  By Kathryn Wylie | The Southern Reporter | 03 July 2019 | www.thesouthernreporter.co.uk

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

The copyright of this article resides with the author or publisher indicated. As part of its noncommercial educational effort to present the environmental, social, scientific, and economic issues of large-scale wind power development to a global audience seeking such information, National Wind Watch endeavors to observe “fair use” as provided for in section 107 of U.S. Copyright Law and similar “fair dealing” provisions of the copyright laws of other nations. Send requests to excerpt, general inquiries, and comments via e-mail.

Wind Watch relies entirely
on User Contributions
   Donate via Stripe
(via Stripe)
Donate via Paypal
(via Paypal)


e-mail X FB LI M TG TS G Share

Tag: Victories

News Watch Home

Get the Facts
© National Wind Watch, Inc.
Use of copyrighted material adheres to Fair Use.
"Wind Watch" is a registered trademark.


Wind Watch on X Wind Watch on Facebook Wind Watch on Linked In

Wind Watch on Mastodon Wind Watch on Truth Social

Wind Watch on Gab Wind Watch on Bluesky