An attempt to overturn the rejection of a wind farm has failed – because
the appeal was lodged too late.

Dumfries and Galloway Council turned down the five-turbine Blackwood
project east of Auldgirth in May this year.

An appeal was lodged by Force 9 Energy Partners and EDF Energy Renewables
against that decision.

They argued the council’s approach had been “unbalanced” but the Scottish
government said the appeal was out of time and could not be considered.

The developers claimed that “limited environmental issues” had been given a
“disproportionate weight” in the local authority’s assessment of the project.

However, the Scottish government said it had “no scope to accept or
consider” their appeal.

It said it had been submitted after a three-month deadline from the
original decision had passed.

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