Broadmeadows wind farm plan goes before planning

GreenPower, the Scottish renewable energy company seeking to develop a wind farm at Broadmeadows near Selkirk, is hoping changes to its proposal will be enough to sway councillors and planning officials when it goes before planning today.

The plans have attracted widespread opposition.

Craig Potter, Development Manager of Broadmeadows Wind Farm said: “GreenPower is a responsible developer, which takes the views of local communities, groups and statutory organisations very seriously. We have consulted extensively since our original application was made in 2004. We have listened carefully to the views of a wide range of people – including statutory bodies such as Scottish Natural Heritage and Historic Scotland – and have made a substantial number of improvements to our plans.

“GreenPower has worked hard over the last seven years to produce an environmentally responsible proposal, which will additionally deliver substantial benefits for local communities and businesses.”

GreenPower Director Nick Mackay added: “GreenPower is committed to giving local businesses opportunities to play a significant part in our projects. This is exactly what we are doing in our Carraig Gheal project in Argyll where a local contractor has already been awarded the contract for Early Works to build sections of road and other civil engineering works. Broadmeadows Wind Farm could similarly lead to Borders companies winning a substantial proportion of the multi-million pound civil engineering and other contracts”.