Scottish wind farm plan attracts controversy

16 Jul 2010
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Campaigners have stated that the company behind a major wind farm development in Scotland is trying to avoid a public inquiry.

According to the Save the Lammermuirs campaign group, there has been a breach of process by developers Community Windpower.

Originally, the proposals were for 30 wind turbines to be built - eight in the Borders and 22 in East Lothian, reports the East Lothian Courier.

However, it is claimed that Community Windpower has scrapped its plans for the eight Borders turbines in order to avoid having a public inquiry into the development.

A spokesperson for Save the Lammermuirs said: "Community Windpower and the Scottish government may be trying retrospectively to alter the planning application, through behind the scenes collaboration, by removing the turbines which were to be on Scottish Borders land."

Community Windpower already operates 16 turbines at Aikengall Community Wind farm, which between them create around 50MW of power - enough for around 35,000 homes.

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