Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.

Contains Ordnance Survey data © Crown copyright and database right 2011.

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Quixwood Wind Farm

Scottish Borders, Banks Renewables

Banks Renewables, a new client for OPEN in 2011, commissioned the team to undertake the landscape and visual aspects of the EIA for their Quixwood Wind Farm near Grantshouse in the Scottish Borders.

OPEN took part in scoping discussions with Scottish Borders Council (SBC) and SNH, input materials for public exhibitions and presented information to the Community Council.

The layout of the wind farm was also a key part of OPEN's work, which was informed by other technical and environmental factors. Mitigation of the cumulative effects of the scheme and the views from locally sensitive receptors such as settlements, the Southern Upland Way, the Area of Great Landscape Value and Edin's Hall Fort and Broch were key considerations.

The assessment included a large number of viewpoints and photomontages, many of which were also used to inform the cumulative assessment. SBC had a specific requirement for a residential amenity survey out to a distance of 5km radius from the turbines, which OPEN also undertook. The scheme submitted in late 2011 consisted of 14 turbines of up to 126.5m high.

Following extensive liaison with SBC and submission of Supplementary Environmental Information a wind farm of 13 turbines with a maximum height of 115m was consented in April 2013. This was the first commercial scale wind farm to be consented by SBC for many years.