Edinburgh based wind farm developer, PNE WIND UK Limited, has appealed the decision by Scottish Borders Council to refuse its application for an eight wind turbine development on farmland at Brunta Hill, north west of Westruther, Berwickshire.

Gemma Hamilton, PNE WIND UK Project Development Manager, said:

“PNE has carefully considered the reasons why the Brunta Hill application was refused by Scottish Borders Council and believes that in reaching its decision, the council did not apply enough weight to the environmental and socio-economic benefits that the proposal presents. As a result we have lodged an appeal to the Directorate for Environmental & Planning Appeals.

We believe that we have demonstrated that the Brunta Hill Wind Farm is well-sited in a landscape which is already characterised by wind turbines and that the revised eight-turbine scheme of reduced scale is well designed and takes into account the feedback received during the consultation process.

We consider the Brunta Hill Wind Farm is acceptable in planning terms, and that the right balance of maximising the renewable potential of the site, whilst minimising the associated landscape and visual impacts, has been achieved. 

A planning appeal is now the correct forum to examine any landscape and cumulative impacts of Brunta Hill Wind Farm and to consider the important role it can play in the delivery of renewable energy targets”.