‘Local’ doesn’t matter

At a recent Infinis exhibition of its proposed wind farm development at Cummings Hill, I queried the following statement in its promotional pamphlet:

“The site has many advantages ... with no international or national designations such as sites of special scientific interest, national scenic areas, special areas of conservation or special protection areas.”

I pointed out that Cummings Hill was within the new Teviot Valley Special Landscape Area, only to be told by the Infinis representative that this was just a “local” designation and had no weight in the hierarchy of national special sites.

Have we wasted our time in the Borders carrying out a long, detailed investigation and consultation exercise to produce these special landscape areas? Does the opinion of the Borders community have so little influence on the designation of wind farm development sites?

Annabelle Skinner