Farm turbine close to ancient sites gets the green light

A SINGLE wind turbine, 45.5m high, has been approved by the council despite concerns about the cumulative noise of it and a neighbouring turbine.

The turbine, to be erected on land at Thirlestane Farm, close to the A697, was objected to by Lauder Community Council, who criticised the lack of information regarding noise and the cumulative impact of the Thirlestane Farm turbine with that approved at West Mains.

However, planning officers ruled that a condition could be implemented to mitigate against those concerns.

Despite the turbine’s siting within one kilometre of three scheduled ancient monuments, including one just 350m away, Historic Scotland and the council’s archaeology officer felt it would not have an unacceptable impact on the appearance or understanding of the sites.