The proposed wind farm project at the gateway to Scotland, spanning the A7 corridor between Langholm and Teviothead, faced rejection despite aspirations to construct 45 turbines by Community Windpower. The final authority on the Faw Side project rested with the Scottish government after a comprehensive public inquiry.

The decision to terminate the scheme was based on the project's 'significant' impact on the landscape and visual aesthetics of the area. Additionally, concerns surfaced regarding potential disruptions to the nearby Eskdalemuir Seismic Array, critical for detecting vibrations resulting from nuclear tests.

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Both the Scottish Borders Council and Dumfries and Galloway Council opposed the plans. Despite Community Windpower's claim that the turbines could have met the energy demands of 325,000 houses. 13 of the proposed 45 turbines were intended for the Borders, with the rest in Dumfries and Galloway.

A reporter tasked with evaluating the project concluded that the development would 'seriously compromise' the unique qualities of the area. Furthermore, the turbines were predicted to be overpowering and dominating for certain neighbouring properties, reinforcing the decision to dismiss the proposal.

Acknowledging the potential for the wind farm to contribute significantly to greenhouse gas reduction and renewable energy targets, the reporter ultimately weighed these benefits against the adverse impact, ultimately deciding against the project's progression.

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Despite the setback, Community Windpower expressed disappointment but reaffirmed its dedication to Scotland's renewable energy sector.

Managing Director Rod Wood conveyed their disappointment: “We are obviously disappointed with this decision. However, we are taking time to review the reports and decisions.

"Nonetheless, we remain committed to Scotland's renewable energy industry, businesses and supply chains."