Consultation on removal of restrictions

The removal of a significant restriction to further wind farm developments in the Borders is due to go out to belated public consultation next month.

Currently, there is an absolute ban on any turbines within a 10km radius of the Ministry of Defence’s seismic monitoring station at Eskdalemuir in Dumfriesshire – soon to be extended to 15km.

However, an existing MoD “consultation zone”, within a 50km radius of Eskdalemuir, is set to disappear, opening up a 35km-wide swathe of land in the Borders to renewable energy companies without fear of the accustomed veto from the MoD.