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Resounding 'no' to more wind turbines  

Residents said “no” to proposals for 16 more wind turbines in Deeping St Nicholas.

Villagers spoke out at a special meeting of Deeping St Nicholas Parish Council, which was called to give a reaction to proposals at Church Farm.

The proposals, made by Spanish renewable energy giant Iberdrola, would add to the existing eight turbines, taking the number in the village to 24.

Jane Davis, who has faced sleepless nights due to low frequency noise from the turbines, said: “They don’t really understand how these large wind turbines interact with each other in a flat landscape. The research just hasn’t been done.

“If we have eight with another 16 behind them it would make even more noise.

“It can have a health impact and this is something which could affect more people.”

Residents agreed the village had already contributed to the need to find sources of renewable energy.

South Holland district councillor Paul Espin said: “We have already done our fair share and more.

“There are other ways to produce renewable energy. It doesn’t have to be wind turbines.”

The parish council was asked by South Holland District Council to give feed-back on a scoping report, the first stage in the planning process.

It could be followed by an in-depth environmental impact assessment, which could take up to 18 months.

Coun Espin told the parish council and concerned villagers that planning officers had already told the developers the proposal is contrary to planning policy.

This seeks to protect communities against unacceptable development through the local plan, which contains supplementary planning guidance on wind energy, something which has been produced and accepted by the Government since the existing turbines went up.

In addition, a landscape capacity study identified just two areas in the district which are suitable for wind energy development.

These are near the power stations in Spalding and Sutton Bridge, as the appearance of the area has already been affected.

Speaking after the meeting Coun Espin said: “The developers show no interest in these at all.

“They go off to areas which they know will be controversial and confrontational.”

spaldingtoday.co.uk

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