Renewable energy firm PNE Wind UK is to appeal against the refusal of the Brunta Hill Wind Farm planning application.
An appeal is currently being prepared and will be submitted to the Directorate for Planning and Environmental Appeals by the Edinburgh-based company, against the recent decision by Scottish Borders Council to reject proposals for an eight-turbine wind farm on agricultural land north-west of Westruther.
A spokesperson for PNE Wind UK commented: “We have reviewed both the Scottish Borders Council’s decision report for Brunta Hill and other recent decisions in the Scottish Borders in detail, and following consultation with our environmental and planning consultants, PNE Wind UK has decided to appeal our application to the Scottish Government.
“Over the last three years, considerable effort has gone into consulting extensively and making improvements to the wind farm’s design.
“As a result, we are confident that the wind farm layout is the most sympathetic to the landscape and remain committed to progressing with its development.”
If the appeal is successful, PNE Wind UK has agreed to donate £5,000 per megawatt (MW) of installed capacity into an indexed-linked fund, which will be increased by £1,000 per MW in years 10 and 20.