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EDF ER has applied to the Scottish Ministers for consent to construct and operate an extension to the Fallago Rig Wind Farm, approximately 7.5km north of Westruther and 7.9km south of Gifford, in the Scottish Borders (central Grid Reference NT5803059600). The installed capacity of the proposed extension to the generating station would be 41.4 MW comprising 12 turbines with a ground to blade tip height of up to 126.5 metres, and their associated infrastructure. This application is referred to as Fallago Rig 2.

Consent for 48 turbines (144MW) on the above site was granted by Scottish Ministers on 9 November 2010. EDF Energy Renewables propose to install an additional 12 turbines up to 126.5 meters tip height in addition to the operational 48 turbines.

EDF ER has carried out a full Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) and has submitted one Environmental Statement (ES) to accompany 2 separate applications to the ECDU. The first application was for the new Fallago Rig 2, turbines and the second application is a variation to the existing Fallago Rig Wind Farm to extend the operational timescale to bring this in line with a proposed 25 year operational period for Fallago Rig 2. This is to avoid the situation of the two wind farms being decommissioned at different dates.  

The proposed turbines are an extension to the existing Fallago Rig generating station and consent is therefore required from the Scottish Ministers under the Electricity Act 1989. 
 
EDF Energy Renewables Limited has also applied for a direction under s57(2) of the Town and Country Planning (Scotland) Act 1997 that planning permission for the development be deemed to be granted.

A separate application under the terms of section 36C of the Electricity Act 1989 is being sought for an extension to the timescales for the operation of Fallago Rig Wind Farm.

A copy of the application, with a plan showing the land to which it relates, together with a copy of the Environmental Statement discussing the Company’s proposals in more detail and presenting an analysis of the environmental implications, are available for inspection, free of charge, during normal office hours at:

The Scottish Government Library. G-D 41 Victoria Quay, Edinburgh, EH6 6QQ. Between the hours of: 10am-8pm Monday to Wednesday, 10am-5pm Thursday to Saturday.

Scottish Borders Council Headquarters. Newton St Boswells, Melrose, TD6 0SA. Between the hours of: 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday, 9am-3:45pm on Friday.

Duns Contact Centre. 49 Newton Street, Duns, TD11 3AU. Between the hours of: 10am-5pm on Monday, Thursday and Friday, 1pm-7pm on Tuesday, 10am-1pm Wednesday, and 9:30am-12:30pm on Saturday.

East Lothian Council. John Muir House, Haddington, EH4 3HA. Between the hours of: 9am-5pm Monday to Thursday (10am on Wednesday), 9am-4pm on Friday.

The Applications are controlled and will be determined by the Scottish Government Energy Consents and Deployment Unit (ECDU).  Scottish Borders Council will however be a statutory consultee.

The applications can be found online on the energy consents website here (using the application ref numbers below):  http://www.energyconsents.scot/
• Fallago Rig 2 - EC00003102
• FR1 Variation - EC00005274

Any representations to the application should be made by email to the Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit mailbox at representations@scotland.gsi.gov.uk
or
by post to The Scottish Government, Energy Consents Unit, 4th Floor, 5 Atlantic Quay, 150 Broomielaw, Glasgow, G2 8LU, identifying the proposal and specifying the grounds for representation, not later than 8 April  2016.

Representations should be dated and should clearly state the name (in block capitals), full return email and postal address of those making representations. Only representations sent by email to the address stipulated will receive acknowledgement.

When initial comments from statutory consultees are received further public notices will give advice on how this information may be viewed by members of the public, and how representations may be made to Scottish Ministers. During the consideration of the proposal, Scottish Ministers may formally request further information to supplement the Environmental Statement and this will also be advertised in such a manner.

As a result of a statutory objection from the relevant planning authority, or where Scottish Ministers decide to exercise their discretion to do so, Scottish Ministers can also cause a Public Local Inquiry (PLI) to be held.

Following receipt of all views and representations, Scottish Ministers will determine the application for consent in two ways:
• Consent the proposal, with or without conditions attached; or
• Reject the proposal

Copies of the Environmental Statement and associated documents may be obtained from EDF Energy Renewables by emailing Margaret.hanson@edf-er.com or  (tel: 0191 501 4022 DVD copies of the Environmental Statement and hard copies of a short non-technical summary are available free of charge.  
A hard copy of the Environmental Statement and associated documents is available at a charge of £500.

Fallago Rig – Latest News

The Planning and Building Standards Committee at Scottish Borders Council has advised Scottish Ministers that it objects to both applications, contrary to officer’s recommendation. The Reasons for Objection to both applications are noted below.

 

APPLICATION 1 - SECTION 36C OF THE ELECTRICITY ACT 1989

Our Ref: 16/00141/S36

 

It would be inappropriate to extend the permission for the existing turbines on the basis of the decision to object to application 16/00145/S36 for the additional 12 turbines.

 

APPLICATION 2 - SECTION 36 OF THE ELECTRICITY ACT 1989

Our Ref: 16/00145/S36

 

The proposed development would be contrary to Policy ED9 of the Scottish Borders Local Development Plan in that:

a)    it would result in unacceptable cumulative visual impacts

b)    it would be detrimental to the landscape character of the area, resulting in the proposed turbines extending out with the natural confines of the landscape bowl the existing windfarm sits within

c)    the acceptability of noise impacts on residential receptors were not proven

d)    the wider economic benefits of the development were not proven, and

e)    there would be unacceptable adverse impacts on recreational receptors on the Southern Upland Way.

 

Fallago Rig Wind Limited and EDF Energy Renewables have confirmed to Scottish Ministers that they intend to pursue their application to inquiry.

 

Mr David Russell has been appointed as the Reporter for the Public Inquiry.

 

The Pre Enquiry Meeting (PEM) will be held on Monday 13th March at the Carfraemill Hotel in Lauder. TD2 6RA.

 

No date has yet been set for the Public Inquiry.

Community fund

A community fund of £5,000 per MW will be provided annually for the lifetime of the wind farm. Discussions with local residents have indicated they would be interested in Broadband for the local villages.  EDF ER is investigating the potential to provide broadband as part of Fallago Rig 2 community fund.

Community Liaison Group (CLG). A community liaison group has been set up and the first meeting was held in Westruther Village Hall in November 2015.  These meetings are very informal and allow EDF ER to update the liaison group on the Fallago Rig project and also to hear any concerns the local community may have, Discussions were also held on  ideas in which the community benefit fund can be used. 

The date for the next meeting for the CLG is to be confirmed, any queries regarding this please call Margaret Hanson 0191 5014022 or e mail Margaret.hanson@edf-er.com

If you would like to be part of the CLG or if you have any ideas on how you think the community fund should be used to help local people/schemes, or you require any further information on our proposal please do not hesitate to contact us, we would welcome your feedback - contact Margaret.Hanson@edf-er.com 

PROJECT CONTACT DETAILS

EDF Energy Renewables
Alexander House 
1 Mandarin Road 
Rainton Bridge Business Park 
Houghton le Spring 
SUNDERLAND 
DH4 5RA 

Email: info@edf-er.com

Project Contact

project contact details

EDF Energy Renewables
Alexander House
1 Mandarin Road
Rainton Bridge Business Park
Houghton le Spring
SUNDERLAND
DH4 5RA

Email: info@edf-er.com

Tel: 0800 0566650

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