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Split decision for Lothian wind

Scotland consents 66MW Harburnhead, refuses 69MW Fauch Hill

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The Scottish government has granted consent for the 22-turbine Harburnhead wind farm in West Lothian but refused the 21-turbine Fauch Hill scheme.

The Harburnhead project by Enel Viento will be sited near West Calder and have a capacity of up to 66MW. It is expected to create approximately 80 jobs during construction and will generate in the region of £9m for the local economy upon completion.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing (pictured) said: “The Harburnhead wind farm will create jobs both in its construction and during its lifetime. The community fund that has been offered by the developer will bring considerable benefits to the local community.”

Meanwhile, an application by Louis Dreyfus Group to build the up to 69MW Fauch Hill wind farm, also near West Calder, was refused on the grounds of unacceptable adverse visual and landscape impacts.

Ewing added: “We want to see the right developments in the right places and that is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Fauch Hill.”

Image: Scottish government

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