Scots Rejoice: Borders Community Defeats Wind Developer After Five Year Battle


Philip Kerr: mission accomplished.

The Scots are as tenacious as they are canny – a band of them has just defeated big wind after a five-year battle. Needless to say, the locals are ecstatic.

Birneyknowe wind farm rejection is welcomed by locals
Southern Reporter
Kathryn Wylie
31 December 2018

The rejection of plans for a 15-turbine wind farm near Hawick has been hailed a victory for the communities which fought against the development for almost five years.

Banks Renewables appealed to the Scottish Government after Scottish Borders Council threw out plans for the Birneyknowes wind farm development near Bonchester Bridge.

The County Durham-based firm’s South Lanarkshire operation had hoped to build the 132m-high turbines on land north, south, east and west of Birneyknowe Cottage, two and a half miles south east of Hawick and a mile west of Bonchester Bridge.

The idea garnered widespread opposition from locals, and in March…

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