January 10 (Renwewables Now) - The Scottish Government’s planning and environmental appeals division (DPEA) has rejected plans for a 24.5-MW wind park proposed by ABO Wind UK Ltd.
This news comes after in November 2018 ABO Wind appealed the decision of the Scottish Border Council's Planning and Building Standards Committee to refuse the planning application for the Barrel Law Wind Farm, to be located at Todrig Farm and Whitslade Farm.
Elspeth Cook, the DPEA-appointed reporter on the appeal, said, "I do not find that the positive outcomes and the potential economic benefits arising from this development are sufficient to set aside the adverse environmental effects specifically relating to cumulative and separate visual and landscape effects and residential visual amenity effects at this location."
Cook also said the proposed project would be too close to the operational Langhope Rig wind farm.
ABO Wind, a subsidiary of German wind farm developer ABO Wind AG, first submitted a planning application for the project in September 2017. The proposal envisioned the installation of seven 3.5-MW turbines with tip heights of up to 132 metres (433 ft).