April 10, 2013 | Community News
Plans for a 13 turbine wind farm in the Scottish Borders have been given approval today (01 April) and Banks Renewables is delighted that the project will now be able to get off the ground.
Phil Dyke, development director at Banks Renewables, said: “Needless to say we are delighted at the fact that our Quixwood Moor Wind Farm has been granted approval. It is the first scheme (excluding small scale schemes) to be granted approval by the Scottish Borders Council in three years and we believe this is down to our engagement with the local community.
“We have liaised with the community at every step of the application process and reacted positively to any feedback they have had and as a result we have sensitively designed the appearance of the wind farm in the landscape in response to their views.
“After working hard to come up with a design for a wind farm which is acceptable to as many people as possible, it is gratifying that we have now reached this stage and we are looking forward to putting plans for the wind farm as well as local community initiatives into place.
“Not only will the Quixwood Moor Wind Farm bring a source of clean green energy, it will also bring substantial benefits to the local community over its 25 year lifetime, which can be used to fund local groups and charity schemes, as well as provide potential investment for jobs creation, as well as training and apprenticeship schemes.
“We will continue our partnership with the local community working with them to determine where these funds are best placed and the next step will be to set up a community liaison group which will represent the local people.
“Our aim is to place all major construction contracts and commence on site work within the next 12 – 18 months and wherever possible we will be encouraging local firms to come forward and take advantage of the significant number of contracts available during the construction of the wind farm.
“Thanks to the decision of the Borders Council, our Quixwood Moor Wind Farm will now be able to leave a lasting positive legacy for the local community.”
Banks Renewables submitted plans for a 13 turbine wind farm which could generate up to 29.9MW at Quixwood Moor in December last year.