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Wind farm will ruin landscape  


Peter Craig

The biggest wind farm park in Lincolnshire will ruin the outstanding view of the coastline, according to environmentalists.

The Council for the Protection of Rural England (CPRE) attacked plans to erect 20 turbines at Fen Farm, Conisholme and put the Louth area wind farm on their hitlist of beautiful landscapes under threat. The CPRE listed the decision by East Lindsey District Council planners as damaging to the environment.

Opponents to the application by Ecotricity – which was backed nearly a year ago by East Lindsey District Council and given the green light this February – said the decision could still go to a judicial review.

Chairman of Conisholme Parish Meeting Richard Osmond said approval for the 20 turbines had not yet been given by the National Air Traffic Services (Nats).

The body responsible for air safety had earlier objected to the turbines because of the electromagnetic interference, called “clutter”, and its effect on air traffic using Humberside Airport, helicopters supplying oil and gas rigs and jets practice bombing at Donna Nook.

Coun Osmond said: “Nats has insisted on a 30-kilometre exclusion zone from Claxby Radar, and Conisholme is only 24km.

“We were pleased the CPRE has made the East Lindsey decision one of their nine biggest blunders in the country, which is what we have been saying for the past five years.

“They are clearly valuing our landscape more than our own council officers.”

The Lincolnshire coastline view from The Wolds area was put on a list alongside Sussex Downs, the Peak District and Hadrian’s Wall as areas destined to be damaged because of decisions by planning authorities.


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