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By Fiona Reid
Moffat

OBJECTIONS to a wind farm near Moffat have been backed by a local politician.

Dumfriesshire MP David Mundell, who lives in the town, has welcomed opposition from councillors to a large wind farm north of Moffat.

Scottish Borders councillors have objected once again to the Scottish Government over the Whitelaw Brae proposal, despite it being scaled back from 27 turbines to 14.

Mr Mundell said: “Whatever your thoughts about onshore large scale wind farm development, I think anyone would accept that we’ve taken our fair share of wind farms in this area.

“I objected to this proposal, and welcome news that councillors in the Scottish Borders have objected as well.”

He added: “Along with many other communities across my constituency, Moffat is increasingly surrounded by wind farms.

“This is a sensible decision by local councillors following last week’s frustrating decision by the Scottish Government to overrule local residents’ objection to an extension to the nearby Glenkerrie wind farm.”

Commenting on the number of wind farms already close to Moffat, he added: “My views on the subject are well known: enough is enough.

“In this constituency we are already struggling to cope with the huge number of wind farms already built.

“The Scottish Government now needs to follow the UK Government lead and put local people in charge of planning decisions on onshore wind.

“It cannot be right that communities south of the border can say a decisive ‘no’ new developments but local communities in our area remain powerless to stop them.”

A spokeswoman for 2020 Renewables said: “2020 Renewables Ltd is disappointed that Scottish Borders Council has chosen to object to this well designed scheme particularly as SNH has not raised any objections on landscape grounds.”

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