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Bourne Town Council backs residents’ objections to Dyke wind turbine plan

Residents have spoken out against plans for a 150ft wind turbine on the outskirts of Dyke and the town council has strongly objected.

The planning application for a 50kW Endurance E-3120 wind turbine on agricultural land off Main Road, Dyke just off the A15, was discussed at Bourne Town Council’s highways and planning committee on Tuesday.

Concerns have been raised that the turbine is planned for a junction which has already been the subject of a road safety campaign following a number of road accidents.

Chairman of Bourne Town Council’s highways and planning committee Coun Bob Russell said: “It was obvious from the meeting it is a matter which is very deeply felt about by the residents of Dyke. We are simply an advisory body but the feeling of the committee was that we should not support this application.”

The town council will write to South Kesteven District Council, which will decide whether to grant permission, outlining their objections.

They are that it will have a major impact on traffic safety by distracting motorists on an already dangerous piece of road; the structure will be visually intrusive; it is the wrong location for a project of this type; and it is out of character with Dyke and the rural area.

Coun Russell said more than a dozen members of the public attended the meeting which is the most he has experienced for a meeting of this kind. Four people spoke out against the proposal.

The application has been made by Mr L Hammond from Haconby and is being dealt with by agents Mosscliff Environmental. The hub height of the turbine would be 119ft tall with three 31ft blades taking the total height of the structure to 150ft.

The nearest houses to the proposed wind turbine site are 390 metres away which according to the planning application information is well outside the 144 metre range where noise from the turbine can be heard or shadow from the blades impact.

The turbine would produce about 140MWh each year.