Wind farm proposal takes another positive step forward

April 4, 2013 | Quixwood Moor News

 

Plans for our Quixwood Moor Wind Farm take one step closer after Scottish Borders planning officers recommend the scheme for approval.

Phil Dyke, director at Banks Renewables said: “This is an important stage in the entire process and means we have taken another positive step forward.

“Throughout we have recognised the importance of listening to the views of the local community.  At our original planning committee 5 November 2012, the planning committee requested that we further consulted with council officers to further reduce the visual impact of the scheme.

“We’ve acted on that feedback, so it has positively shaped our proposals. That includes reducing the size of turbines and agreeing to plant significant new areas of forest along the Southern Upland Way.

“After working so hard to come up with the most appropriate design for the landscape, it is gratifying that we have now reached a stage where there are no objections from the Landscape Architect.

“We remain hopeful that our planning application will be successful as this wind farm would be an important source of sustainable energy while greatly benefitting the surrounding communities.

“It would also allow us to continue our partnership with local communities to create a lasting, positive legacy for the area and to invest in job creation while supporting training and apprenticeship opportunities.

“This is the first wind farm (excluding small scale schemes) to be considered for local determination to be recommended for approval in three years.  We hope that councillors will appreciate that we have reacted to their wishes and proved that Quixwood is the right location for a projects, that will bring significant local benefit.”

We have engaged with the community during numerous public exhibitions and community council meetings and the project is supported by Abbey St Bathans, Bonkyl and Preston Community Council.

Our development with care approach sees it work in partnership with communities near its developments, ensuring local families and businesses see long-term benefits, with local people directing where investment should be made.

The Quixwood Moor project would deliver a minimum of £104,000 per year into a community benefit fund plus a community partnership payment which should add to this figure every year. Similar projects delivered by us have resulted in job creation initiatives, provision of community infrastructure, delivery of major environmental projects and direct funding into community groups.

If the wind farm is approved, the local economy will also benefit during and after the development phase. We are committed to ensuring around £6.5 million worth of contracts during the construction of the site would be made available to businesses and contractors in the Borders area.

Plans for the Quixwood Moor Wind Farm were recently modified, to reduce the visual impact on those living and working locally.  The revised plans are for 13 instead of 14 turbines, ten of which were reduced to 115m in height and another three reduced to 100m.

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