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July 2016 - 54MW approved at Cloich Forest

Published: 08/07/2016

Following a public inquiry in June 2015, Partnerships for Renewables (PfR) has received planning consent for its 54MW project at Cloich Forest near Eddleston in the Scottish Borders. The 18 turbine project, which Scottish Borders Council objected to back in 2014, has been successfully appealed following a redesign of the initial proposal made in October 2012.

The development is the third PfR project to be consented on the National Forest Estate since the leasing agreement with Forest Enterprise Scotland was established in 2010, and brings the total capacity consented through the partnership to over 100MW.

Alan Mathewson, Regional Manager at Partnerships for Renewables, commented:

“We are absolutely delighted that the Cabinet Secretary has given Cloich the green light after a detailed review of the Reporters comments. Our work with Forest Enterprise Scotland on this project, and our sympathetic redesign, led to a strong development that will generate significant amounts of green electricity and local community benefit. ”

Michael Ansell, Forest Enterprise Scotland’s Head of Estate Development added:

“We’re pleased that Scotland’s National Forest Estate is contributing towards Scottish Government climate change and renewable energy targets.

A key part in all developments is that communities benefit too. It is good to see that when this scheme is operational, a substantial amount of money will be generated for local people.”

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