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Inquiry scheduled over wind farm

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Windjen wants to build eight turbines at Dunion Hill

Seven days have been set aside next month for a public inquiry into a proposed wind farm near Jedburgh.

Windjen Power wants to construct eight turbines south west of Dunion Hill.

Scottish Borders Council rejected its application last year after planning officials advised that the landscape was not suitable for the turbines.

The public inquiry will start on 20 January. It will be heard by a Scottish Government reporter who will then make a recommendation to Scottish ministers.

The process has come in for criticism from some councillors in the Borders.

The council has previously turned down a number of schemes, only to have its decision overturned following an inquiry.

However, the Scottish Government rejected any suggestion that there was an agenda in favour of wind farm developments.

A spokesman said: "Any suggestions that the reporter in question has never found in favour of a planning authority are incorrect.

"In any event, all reporters - irrespective of the application before them - make decisions and recommendations to ministers based on the evidence in front of them."

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