Midlothian wind farm appeal is turned down

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The Scottish Government has backed Midlothian Council’s decision to refuse planning permission for a wind farm at Fala Moor.

In a verdict announced last Thursday (August 29), Richard E Bowden, a Reporter appointed by the Scottish Ministers, dismissed an appeal against the original decision.

Forestry Commission Scotland (FCS) had expressed concern about RidgeWind Ltd’s plans to remove 15 hectares of woodland to make way for nine turbines.

Mr Bowden ruled that the council was justifiably concerned that the proposal would have a significant adverse impact on the attractive open landscape of this important transitional area, adding: “I am also not persuaded by the arguments put forward by the appellant that the siting of the proposal should be regarded as acceptable.”

Councillor Ian Baxter (Green) said: “I am disappointed that the appeal failed. The Scottish Government has targets for renewables and at the moment, Midlothian is not playing its part. We need to do more”.