January 10 (Renewables Now) - British firm EnergieKontor UK is seeking the Scottish government’s opinion regarding the rejection of its up to 36-MW wind project in the Scottish Borders Council, the Southern Reporter wrote on Tuesday.
The company has turned to the Scottish government’s planning and environmental appeals division and submitted a plea for a rethink of the decision. The case will be reviewed within the next few weeks, according to the report.
In spite of planning officers’ recommendation to approve the Pines Burn wind project, the Scottish Borders Council in November 2017 turned down EnergieKontor UK’s proposal to install 12 turbines near the town of Hawick in the east Southern Uplands of Scotland. Their decision was based on concerns about the plant’s negative effect on the landscape and historical sites in the area.
If consented, EnergieKontor UK plans to develop the Pines Burn project without using any subsidies, project manager Duncan Taylor said, as cited by the newspaper. Its initial proposal, which it revised last year following opposition from local community councils, included higher turbines. The amended plan calls for the installation of seven turbines with a height of 149.9 metres (491.2 ft) and five more machines that will be 20 metres shorter.