Fears the proposed Langham Wind Farm will destroy the chances of developing a coastal country park have been raised by Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.
Trust conservation officer Elizabeth Biott wrote in a formal letter of objection to East Lindsey District Council that the planning application was a great concern because it would be located within an area targeted for the creation of a regional/coastal country park.
The proposed location is close to Wolla Bank Pit and Wolla Bank Reedbed nature reserves which are part of the Sea Bank Clay Pits Site of Special Scientific Interest.
The country park which would involve improving the habitat along the coast from Chapel Point to Sandilands. It is hoped the project will be a great attraction for ‘eco-tourists’.
Miss Biott said the six turbine development, proposed by Npower Renewables for a site between Chapel St Leonards and Anderby, could make a coastal park project unviable.
She said: “The presence of wind turbines would effectively sterilise the area south of Anderby Creek and would seriously reduce the viability of this initiative.”
The trust is also concerned the wind farm will ruin its plans to improve coastal grazing marsh in the area for which it claims there is an urgent need.
Other concerns are: the threat turbines could pose to birds; that four of the turbines will be within a conservation area; and that the development could prevent the trust from receiving funds to improve its nearby nature reserves.
Npower claims the development could produce enough energy to provide between 5,500 and 7,900 homes each year.
30 March 2007
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