AN APPLICATION for a 19-turbine wind farm and energy storage proposal located approximately 9km north of Lauder has been submitted to the Scottish Government.

The submission by British company RES followed a wealth of technical and environmental survey work that has helped build an understanding of the site, identify key constraints, and inform the design.

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The application was accompanied by other key documentation, including an extensive Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIAR) which investigates and mitigates any potential effects of a development on the natural, physical and human environment.

Scottish Ministers will now take into account when deciding whether or not to grant consent for the wind farm.

RES have also undertaken four public consultation events to inform the public and gather feedback on the proposal.

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Electronic copies of the planning application and associated planning documents, including the EIAR, can be viewed at (and downloaded from) or the Scottish Government Energy Consents Unit (ECU) planning portal at (reference ECU00004774).

In addition, hard copies of this documentation are available at the following locations for public viewing: Lauder Community & Leisure Centre, Old Causeway, E High St, Lauder TD2 6SX (Monday-Sunday, 7am-9pm)

Oxton War Memorial Hall, Station Road, Oxton, TD2 6PL 24 hours - located in vestibule of the hall

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A statutory consultation period is being held by the ECU to enable the public, as well as key consultees, to submit formal representations on the proposal.

The closing date for representations is January 12 2024 although Scottish Ministers may consider representations received after this date.

RES say that the wind farm would be capable of generating enough clean, low-cost electricity for around 145,000 homes and reducing carbon emissions by approximately 127,881 tonnes each year.