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Planning application submitted

At the end of 2023 RES submitted a planning application for a wind farm and energy storage proposal located approximately 9km north of Lauder in the Scottish Borders.

Reasons to support the proposal

We welcome the UK Government’s recent commitment to attracting record levels of investment in renewable energy in the King’s Speech. Projects like Longcroft are a key part of that investment pipeline and could deliver millions of pounds of benefit for local businesses and communities for decades to come. If consented, Longcroft Wind Farm is predicted to deliver a £100 million boost for the local economy.

Reasons to support the proposal are as follows:

  • Would generate clean, low-cost renewable electricity for around 145,000 homes each year or enough electricity to power 242,000 electric cars per annum, representing 26% of the current EV fleet in the UK
  • Includes ambitious biodiversity enhancement proposals, including peatland restoration, native woodland riparian planting, installation of breeding and resting sites for protected species and enhancement of butterfly habitats
  • Predicted to deliver £6.3 million of inward investment in Scottish Borders during construction
  • Could deliver a tailored community benefit package worth £31 million over its lifetime
  • Would provide £65 million in business rates over operational lifetime to Scottish Borders Council, supporting vital services
  • Outwith any landscape or cultural heritage designations
  • Would contribute to Scotland’s legally binding 2045 net zero carbon emissions target

We are in a climate emergency, cost of living crisis and also seeking to enhance the security of our energy supply. Onshore wind can address all of these and projects like Longcroft Wind Farm can play an important part.

To find out more about the project please click here