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Plan for wind turbines to be built near Grainthorpe Primary School  

Credit:  Grimsby Telegraph | April 05, 2013 | www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk ~~

Plans for two 46-metre wind turbines to be built close to a village primary school have been submitted.

Members of the Marsh Windfarm Action Group are preparing for another battle after GH Parker (North Cotes) Limited submitted the application for Main Road, Grainthorpe.

The turbines will be just 320 metres away from Grainthorpe Primary School and 350 metres away from the main road.

The school did not wish to comment on the application, but the Grimsby Telegraph understands they plan to object.

It is one of eight wind farm applications across the marsh villages, including North Somercotes, North Cotes, Tetney and North Thoresby.

Founder of MWAG, Melvin Grovenor, has rallied troops to fight what he describes as: “The industrial invasion of the countryside.”

He said: “Not only will they be far too close to the school, there will be a cumulative impact on the community because they are close to the existing farm at Conisholme and those proposed at Newton Marsh and Louth Canal.

“If people do not oppose them we will have wind turbines scattered all over the countryside at different heights.

“It is going to turn it into a mish-mash of industrialisation of our beautiful landscape.”

The turbines will be situated behind Grainthorpe Grain Store, owned by Earthmill Ltd.

MWAG – which is also fighting ASC Renewable’s application for eight 115-metre turbines at Bishopthorpe Farm, Tetney, and Partnership for Renewal’s application for three 113-metre turbines along Louth Canal – are now sending objection letters to all households in the area which can be sent on to East Lindsey District Council.

Government planning minister Nick Boles MP visited the district recently to discuss the number of applications being made.

Officers are preparing to make their recommendation on the Louth Canal application to ELDC’s Planning Committee, which will meet on Thursday, April 18.

A spokesman for GH Parker (North Cotes) Ltd said: “The turbines at Grainthorpe have been sited well back from the highway behind the main farmstead, which, combined with the small scale and slim nature of the turbines, will limit any visual impact.

“Unfortunately small-scale projects like this one often get confused with the commercial scale projects which rarely benefit the local community as they are owned and run by multi-national organisations and have much greater impact on a widespread area.

“Smaller turbines such as this project connect into a local farm business and are supplied, owned and operated by such businesses.

“The renewable energy produced by the turbines will connect directly into Grainthorpe farm supply, significantly reducing their energy bills – while any excess energy will be exported back in to the grid and be used locally.”

Source:  Grimsby Telegraph | April 05, 2013 | www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk

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