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ABO fights on at Barrel Law

Appeal filed over Scottish Borders Council snub on 24MW wind farm

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ABO Wind is appealing against local authority refusal on its eight-turbine wind farm at Barrel Law.

Scottish Borders Council rejected the 24MW scheme, to be sited on open moorland some 8km north-west of Hawick, due to concerns over landscape and visual impacts and impact on residential amenity.

There were also concerns over impact on the operation of the Eskdalemuir seismic array and the Deadwater Fell air traffic control radar in Northumberland.

ABO project manager Duncan Scott said: “We are confident that the premise of the Ministry of Defence objections to Barrel Law will be shown to be unfounded."

He added: “We think that . . . more weight has been given by Scottish Borders Council to landscape and visual impacts within the immediate vicinity than to the impacts in the wider landscape, which Scottish Natural Heritage believes accord with its design guidance, and to the importance of national targets for renewable energy.”

The paperwork has been submitted to the Scottish government’s Directorate of Planning and Environmental Appeals, which will appoint an independent reporter to determine the appeal over the coming months.

Image: a photomontage of Barrel Law (ABO Wind)

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