Wind farm appeal ‘democracy blow’

Prof Tony Trewavas at Mount Lothian
Prof Tony Trewavas at Mount Lothian

A wind farm developer has taken its plans for nine turbines near Penicuik to the Scottish Government for determination.

Wind Prospect lodged the appeal after Midlothian Council failed to reach a decision on the Mount Lothian development within four months of submission.

The move has been described as a “blow for local democracy” by the wind farm opponents.

A spokesman said Wind Prospect Developments, on behalf of EDF Energy Renewables, was committed to the Mount Lothian proposal and the “substantial benefits” it could deliver.

He added: “The planning committee was expected to consider the application by the end of May, within the 16 week determination period from the date the planning application was submitted. The decision to lodge an appeal was taken as the council did not determine the application within the statutory 16 week period and did not request for that period to be extended.”

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