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Turbine approval may aid pub bid

Crook Inn
Residents hope to use the funds to back a takeover of the inn

A wind farm which could help to fund a community buyout of a 17th Century pub has been given planning approval.

Novera Energy plans to build 11 turbines between two tributaries of the River Tweed in the Borders.

The project was approved at a meeting of Scottish Borders Council's planning committee.

As part of the scheme the firm will put funds into a community trust which locals hope could help them buy and run the Crook Inn at Tweedsmuir.

The Glenkerie wind farm site lies between Broughton and Biggar.

Concerns had been raised about the environmental and visual impact of the proposal.

However, council planners said these could be addressed by a string of conditions.

As part of the project, Novera Energy proposes to put 40,000-a-year into a charitable trust for the next 25 years.

Local residents have said they would like the money used to fund a takeover of the Crook Inn.

A lengthy planning battle over a bid by the property's owners to turn the hostelry into housing has yet to be resolved.

They say it is no longer viable as a pub but the Tweedsmuir Community Company claims it could run the property as a business.

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