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Flixborough Grange wind farm given green light after plans were thrown out

A controversial seven-turbine windfarm development that has twice been thrown out by councillors has been granted planning permission.

The Flixborough Grange project, earmarked for land near Burton-Upon-Stather, has been refused permission twice by North Lincolnshire Council over concerns about noise, health and the impact on the landscape.

It has also been rejected by a Government planning inspector following a public inquiry in 2010.

But after developer RidgeWind again appealed against the decision, the Government’s planning inspectorate has now given the go-ahead for the turbines to be built.

A council spokesman said: “We are looking very closely at this decision. The planning committee has on every occasion refused the application for these turbines and we must see what can be done to reinforce our position.

“We are currently seeking legal advice and are working very closely with the local community so we can jointly consider options available to us.”

The only way to challenge the decision now is through the High Court. The scheme was turned down after the first public inquiry for reasons relating to the health of a nearby family, although RidgeWind later reached an agreement with them.

Kev Gray, a member of the Burton Against Turbines protest group, said: “I am very disappointed and we thought we had got a good case together. After all the work we put in, we are very disappointed and I don’t know what we can do from here on.

RWE Npower Renewables has revealed plans to create a 10-turbine wind farm at Hemswell Cliff.

Its own consultation shows that half of the 240 local people who attended an exhibition on the scheme opposed the plans.

Developer SSE also has proposals for a 34 wind turbine windfarm in Keadby.