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Hemswell Cliff wind farm developers launch appeal against refusal

A renewables’ company has officially appealed against a council’s decision to refuse permission for Lincolnshire’s most controversial wind farm project.

So many objectors lined up against RWE Innogy Ltd’s proposals for 10 turbines each taller than Lincoln Cathedral on farmland at Hemswell Cliff that a special meeting had to be called to determine the application.

It was unanimously rejected by Gainsborough-based West Lindsey District Council’s planning committee at the Lincolnshire Showground’s Epic Centtre on October 30 last year.

And it led to the formation of VOCAT – Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines – representing more than 10 rural communities in the corridor astride the main A15 road north of the city.

The council has confirmed that RWE Innogy Ltd has now submitted an appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.

“RWE has requested the appeal be heard through a public inquiry, which would probably be held later this year,” WLDC said today in a statement.

“Members of the public will have five weeks to make comments to the Planning Inspectorate once it has notified the council that the appeal is valid and the process should start.

“At the same time, RWE has submitted a revised wind farm scheme for the site to be considered through the appeal process as a formal alternative to the original.

“RWE is now proposing to remove two turbines, leaving a total of eight on the site. The temporary construction compound would also be relocated.

“RWE will carry out a public consultation on the new proposals and members of the public will have 21 days to comment. All comments will be forwarded to both the Planning Inspectorate and RWE.

“A final decision on the proposals will be made by the Planning Inspectorate.”