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Councillors sceptical over Caistor wind turbine plan

Councillors are sceptical over plans to build a wind turbine on land in Caistor.

As previously reported, a plan for a turbine at Moor Farm, off North Kelsey Road, has been undergoing a screening process at West Lindsey Council.

Now a formal application for a turbine with a 102-metre maximum blade height has been submitted to the district council as the planning authority.

The development has been submitted by EDP, a consultancy service based in York which facilitates the installation of wind turbines on agricultural land and has been working closely with the owners of Caistor Moor Farm.

At their latest planning committee meeting, town councillors were sceptical about the impact their views would have.

Councillor Deberoh Barker told colleagues: “Whatever we say, West Lindsey won’t listen.”

And Councillor Rick Sandham claimed: “Wind turbines are controversial, a blot on the landscape, but I am afraid that whatever we say it will just get passed through.

“When turbines are turning, they get quite noisy.”

Councillor Carol Mackenzie added: “I am concerned at their noise and disturbance.

“There could also be another one near Moortown.”

Chairman Councillor Alan Caine told members: “Have you considered the positives?”

Councillors, though, listed other issues against the turbine being built including effect on nearby housing, disturbance caused in construction, whether it would lead to others in the Caistor area being approved, the effect on wildlife habitats and on land values. The council voted to oppose the application.

“You are also invited to write individually to West Lindsey to state your individual views,” said Councillor Caine, concluding the debate.