Planners have blown out plans for a green project in Grimsby.
An application by Novartis to build three wind turbines has been refused by North East Lincolnshire Council’s Planning Committee.
As reported, the firm wanted to build the 102m high turbines, which would have powered the equivalent of 3,600 homes, at its Moody Lane site.
The electricity they produced would have been used by the company, with any surplus redirected to the National Grid.
But yesterday, councillors refused the proposals after considering comments from Tim Page, conservation adviser for Natural England.
Mr Page said the development, which would be close to the Humber Estuary Special Protection Area, would have an adverse effect on wildlife.
He said: “We advise that the council is not in a position to conclude that there will not be an adverse effect on the estuary.”
This was supported by the councillors sitting on the committee.
Coun John Colebrook (Con, Humberston and New Waltham), said: “There is no point in having a conservation area and then making ways of intruding into it.”
While Coun Kathleen Little (Lib Dem, Yarborough) said: “I feel we need to protect our birds.
“I like the scheme but I feel we ought to look at somewhere where it doesn’t affect the birds so badly.”
The decision to refuse the proposal was also supported by Labour councillors.
Speaking after the meeting, Mr Page said Natural England was pleased with the result.
He said: “We had significant concerns about project, we did not think it was a good location to put wind turbines.
“The Humber Estuary is extremely important for birds and wildlife, internationally important in fact.”
Elsewhere, the last of 20 turbines to be built at Conisholme, near Louth, will be in place next week.
When complete it will be the largest wind farm in Lincolnshire, providing power for more than 13,000 homes.
10 April 2008
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