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Scottish borders wind farm bid rejected

The Scottish government has turned down an application for a 21-turbine wind farm near Oxton.

Energy minister Fergus Ewing refused RWE Innogy permission for the Rowantree wind farm in the Scottish Borders on grounds of noise and visual impact.

He said: “The Scottish government wants to see the right developments in the right places, and Scottish planning policy is clear that the design and location of renewables projects should reflect the scale and character of the landscape, as well as being considered environmentally acceptable.

“That is why I have refused permission for the proposed wind farm at Rowantree, which would have brought unacceptable environmental impacts to people living in the area.”

It is the 12th energy application the Scottish government has turned down in the last seven years – all of them onshore wind farms.

Meanwhile, Ewing granted consent for a 22-turbine wind farm at Ewe Hill.

The £65M project was put forward by ScottishPower Renewables, and will have a generating capacity of up to 51MW.

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