A date has been announced for a public inquiry into a controversial proposed wind farm on Saxby Wold.
Plans for 18 125m-high turbines at Horkstow, near South Ferriby, were thrown out last December, but RWE npower renewable later resubmitted the application.
Now, a public inquiry into the plans will be held at Pittwood House, Scunthorpe, on December 6. It is expected to last for five days.
Campaigners against the development have been leafleting local villages and attempting to drum up the sort of support that saw North Lincolnshire’s planning committee turn down the initial application.
Brian Bailey, who is a member of Saxby Wolds Against Turbines (Swat), said he was concerned that the 400-plus residents who had written objection letters to the original application would not do so now.
“I was at a parish council meeting where the wind farm was discussed, and people didn’t think they had to write again,” he said.
“But it’s a different application, with a different planning reference number, so you’ve got to object again.
“It just goes on and on.
“I think it’s extremely important that we get everybody we can to make North Lincolnshire Council reject this application.
“It’s more important this time that we get equally as many, and hopefully more people objecting, than last time.”
Mr Bailey is concerned about the impact of the development, and the precedent that could be set for further wind farms.
“I think visual impact is one of the main concerns,” said Mr Bailey. “But we’ve recently discovered that noise could be an issue, because there is a wind farm in Scotland that was closed because of a noise issue.
“So noise is a big issue with a lot of the residents as well as visual impact.
“This is the only area of outstanding natural beauty in North Lincolnshire, and if we have one wind farm, then they will start developing further along. It will not stop at Saxby Wold.
“There’s no reason why they couldn’t continue on to Bonby and Worlaby. It’s very worrying for the next two villages.”
The detrimental impact that the wind farm would have on tourists and ramblers using the internationally-recognised Viking Way has also been put forward by Swat as a reason against the development.
Clare Wilson, Development Manager at RWE npower renewables said: “We believe our proposal will bring a wide range of economic benefits to the region including new jobs and opportunities for the local supply chain, as well as supporting the council’s own economic growth and employment strategy for the Humber region.
“The planning application has been resubmitted following a review of the site after the original application was narrowly turned down by one vote at North Lincolnshire’s planning committee in January.
“As an organisation we do have the opportunity to appeal that decision, but we have decided to resubmit the planning application because of the raft of benefits this will bring to the local community.
“The proposal is consistent with North Lincolnshire Council’s planning policy and is supported by a range of environmental studies, covering all aspects of the proposal, from noise levels to wildlife.
“Meeting UK targets for renewable energy is a huge challenge and onshore wind farms, such as the one proposed at Saxby Wold, are a vital part of the ongoing effort to tackle climate change.”
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