We are exploring the potential to develop Hearthstanes Wind Farm, located on the Menzion area of Hearthstanes Estate, approximately 3km south of Tweedsmuir in the Scottish Borders.
We are at the very early stages of our proposals. Our application for an anemometer mast – which will help us to measure wind speeds at the site – has been approved.
The information from this mast will help to inform any future planning application for a wind farm – which will be supported by a range of public consultation, including local events.
Throughout this process we will be gathering feedback that will, alongside the results of the technical assessments, inform the design of the wind farm.
The information that we gather will help us to develop a more detailed design, which we will discuss with the community and key stakeholders before applying to the Scottish Government for consent.
We have undertaken many surveys on site, and some are still ongoing. The anemometer mast will collect wind resource data, which will help to improve our understanding of the site. The other surveys that we are undertaking will inform the layout of the wind farm, ensuring that the project minimises effects on the local environment – whilst continuing to deliver social, economic and environmental benefits.
We then evaluate and present the effects of the project in the Environmental Impact Assessment Report (EIA-R). The EIA-R will accompany our application and the results from this will be presented at public exhibitions prior to submission of the application.
Further detailed information on our proposals can be found in our document library.