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Windy Edge

Planning permission for the Windy Edge Wind Farm was approved by the Scottish Government's Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeal on 9 June 2016.  This follows an appeal lodged by Infinis in September 2015 afer the Scottish Borders Council Planning Committee refused planning permission for the nine turbine scheme in June 2015. 

Background information

The original Windy Edge Wind Farm design consisting of 17 turbines at a maximum tip height of 121.5m, (except turbines 1, 5, 6 and 13 which had tip heights of up to 111.5m) was submitted to Scottish Borders Council (SBC) in June 2013.

Following comments from statutory consultees including SBC, Scottish Natural Heritage, Historic Scotland and the general public, changes were made to the application.  The changes to the proposed development were progressed by way of a variation of the existing planning applicaiton, pursuant to section 32a of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997.  The changes included:

Environmental Statement Addendum in 2014:

  • Removal of the nine turbines that formed the eastern array of the wind farm
  • Revision of the turbine layout for the western array
  • Addition of one further turbine into the western array
  • Increase in height of the turbines to 125m to blade tip
  • Relocation of the anemometry mast in the western array
  • The revised layout is now for nine turbines

Further environmental information in 2015 included:

  • Reduction in tip height of turbines 1, 2 and 4 from 125m to 110m

Economic and business opportunities

A wind farm such as Windy Edge can bring inward investment to the area both through the construction and operational phases of the development.  Infinis is committed to involving local businesses where there are services and suppliers that match our requirements.

Local businesses interested in opportunities brought about by the project should email contractors_enquiry@infinis.com and register their details.

Community benefit

Should the Windy Edge proposal be approved, Infinis has committed to contribute £5,000 per MW of installed capacity per year (index linked) to a community development fund.  Assuming construction of all 9 turbines, and with the total capacity of the wind farm likely to be about 22.5MW, the contribution would be £112,500 per year (index-linked). Over the 25-year estimated life of the wind farm, this equates to at least £2.81m of investment. We will continue to work with local residents and groups on the development of this potential fund.

If you have a particular interest in the project, please email your questions or comments to windyedgewindfarm@infinis.com.  Alternatively our general contact details can be found above.

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