January 4, 2012 | Quixwood Moor News
A planning application for a proposed new wind farm in the eastern Scottish Borders has been submitted to the Scottish Borders Council.
Banks Renewables has put forward plans for the proposed Quixwood Moor wind farm, which would be situated on agricultural land between the villages of Grantshouse and Abbey St Bathans in Berwickshire.
The scheme would encompass 14 turbines with a maximum tip height of 126.25m, and could have an installed capacity of up to 32MW, which could meet the annual electricity consumption requirements of up to 21,800 homes.
Banks is looking to make a capital investment of around £35m in the Quixwood Moor scheme, and if the plans are approved, local firms will be able to tender for contracts worth around £7million for the construction phase of the scheme. In addition a range of local services from catering and accommodation through to electrical contractors and brick layers would be required during the construction phase.
Up to 55 people would be employed on site during the wind farm’s construction, and the project would provide a boost to the Borders economy through the local supply chain.
Banks has been conducting a range of community engagement activity to explain the proposals, to seek the views of local people and to understand how the company could work in partnership with the community to deliver tangible, long-term economic, social and environmental benefits to the area if the Quixwood wind farm is approved.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, says: “We believe we have developed a strong proposition for the Quixwood Moor wind farm that would bring a wide range of benefits to the local area in addition to the significant amounts of renewable energy it would produce, and we’re pleased to have reached this milestone.
“We believe that the physical characteristics of the chosen site, its position within the landscape and the capacity it has to generate renewable energy makes the Quixwood Moor proposal the best option for a wind farm in the area.
“The support expressed locally for our plans through the community engagement work we’ve been undertaking gives us confidence that the considerable benefits this scheme would bring to the area are well recognised and understood.
“From creating new employment opportunities and commercial openings for local businesses through to providing substantial funding for projects that could help transform the facilities that local people are able to enjoy for decades to come, this scheme has so much potential to make a hugely positive impact across local communities.
“We believe we have put forward a sensibly-sited and well thought-out proposal, and hope that the Scottish Borders Council’s planning committee members will agree with us.”
A decision on the planning application scheme is expected in the spring. Anyone who would like more information on the Quixwood Moor proposals please visit www.banksgroup.co.uk/quixwood-moor or can contact the Banks community relations team via firstname.lastname@example.org or on 0191 378 6100.