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Wind farm meeting under way  

More than 150 people have attended the morning session of the meeting which will decide whether a wind farm can be built north of Grantham.

South Kesteven District Council’s development control committee is tasked with deciding whether ten 410ft turbines can be built at Thackson’s Well, in the Vale of Belvoir.

This morning, the committee has heard representations from those opposed to the plans in the ballroom at The Guildhall in Grantham.

Campaign group BLOT – Belvoir Locals Opposing Turbines – put forward five speakers, including Justin Barry, who moved to Allington a few months ago and whose wife suffers migraines caused by excessive noise and light.He is concerned about the effect the turbines could have on her health.

A further 15 speakers, including representatives of English Heritage and the Campaign for the Protection of Rural England, and four parish councils have spoken against the plans.

Concerns have also been raised about the effect the turbines could have on nearby Roseland Business Park, at Long Bennington, which employs 700 people at 20 firms.

Solicitor John Roberts, speaking on behalf of the Roseland Group, revealed that a planning application has already been passed to allow concrete firm Bell and Webster to build on the site. If the wind farm application was granted, Bell and Webster’s new office would be just 68 metres away from the closest turbine.

He said: “On that application there was a condition that the office building must not be more than six metres high.

“This was deemed by this committee to be necessary in order not to have an adverse effect on the locality.

“It would be irrational and disproportionate to grant permission for these turbines just 68 metres away from the office.”

The proposed wind turbines are 125 metres high.

The meeting has broken for lunch and will reconvene at 1.10pm to hear submissions from supporters of the plans.

If a decision cannot be reached before 4pm, a further meeting will be held next week.

Keep checking back here for updates and the decision as soon as it is made. We are also videoing proceedings and will post our coverage, interviews and reaction later.

By Jo Hall

Grantham Journal

11 March 2008

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