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Wind turbine appeal is dismissed

An appeal brought by an energy company wanting to install eight wind turbines in Lincolnshire has been dismissed.

Your Energy appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after its application was deferred by West Lindsey District Council for a third time in 2007.

But an independent inspector ruled the turbines would cause “significant damage” to the landscape at Laughton.

Your Energy’s managing director Richard Mardon said the company was undertaking a legal review of the report.

‘Unacceptable damage’

“We are stunned by this decision,” said Mr Mardon.

“The tragedy here is that a wind farm that could provide 7,500 households’ worth of clean electricity will not be built because of the landscape that the project itself is trying to protect.”

In the report, the planning inspector stated: “Schemes such as this one should be permitted unless their impact would result in “significant harm” to the landscape, visual amenities or similar environmental damage.

“I have found this proposal would entail “significant adverse effects” throughout the landscape sub-unit identified around Laughton and seriously undermine a key characteristic of the “undulating farmland” landscape to the East.

“In addition, the turbines would unacceptably damage the character of Laughton and the setting of its Grade I listed church…I conclude that such damage would entail significant harm.”

Your Energy first submitted plans for the wind turbines in 2004. The first 10-turbine project was rejected and plans were resubmitted with eight wind turbines.

BBC News

23 April 2008