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Planners turned off by eight wind turbines at Tetney  

Credit:  Grimsby Telegraph | April 17, 2014 | www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk ~~

Planners said they do not want eight more wind turbines between Tetney and Humberston.

East Lindsey District Council planners agreed the application by ASC Renewables for the eight turbines at a height of 115 metres at Bishopthorpe Farm, Tetney was not in keeping with the character of the area.

Tetney councillor, Tony Bridges, said: “The turbines would damage our precious countryside.”

But ASC Renewables launched a planning appeal for the proposed windfarm at Bishopthorpe Farm, Tetney before the planning meeting.

The firm said East Lindsey had not determined the application within a statutory time limit.

Councillors said if their decision had been within the time limit they would have rejected the plans.

This means that the planning application will now be determined by a Planning Inspector. That will be start on August 5 and last several days.

ASC originally submitted plans for the proposal to East Lindsey District Council in September 2012.

It consulted with residents and offered a Green Energy Credit Scheme. The initiative would have seen homes neighbouring the site receive a discount of at least £100 per year on their electricity bills.

A community benefit fund was also proposed which the firm said would plough £2.5 million into the community over the lifetime of the windfarm.

Mike Denny, ASC’s operations director, said:

“We’re extremely disappointed to have to resort to an appeal for non-determination. We’ve worked incredibly hard with the council to develop a really robust application, reducing the height and number of turbines and providing additional information to address local concerns. In addition, we’ve received the green light from the vast majority of consultee organisations, such as Natural England and English Heritage”.

“We now want to move the project forward so we can deliver the very real benefits offered by the project, including enough renewable energy to power the equivalent of all the homes in Louth and Tetney, reduced energy bills through our Green Energy Credit Scheme, £140,000 of additional business rates to be retained in the local area every year, an annual community fund of up to £50,000 and up to £6 million pounds of local supply chain opportunities.”

Keep checking the website for updates.

Source:  Grimsby Telegraph | April 17, 2014 | www.grimsbytelegraph.co.uk

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