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Breaking: Orby’s nine-turbine windfarm refused planning permission

A wind farm proposed for land at Orby near Skegness has had planning permission turned down by the Secretary of state, by recommendation from Her Majesty’s Planning Inspectorate S R George Baird.

Following today’s news (Friday, March 27) that the appeal for the Orby Windfarm development has been found in the District Council’s favour; upholding its decision to refuse planning permission, the District Council’s Planning Team Leader Chris Panton, said: “The Council has worked extremely hard with the local community to fight this appeal, as we believe that the development would be hugely detrimental to the local area, in particular the landscape. We welcome the Planning Inspector’s decision to uphold the Council’s decision.”

The applicant, Mark Caudwell Ltd, wanted to construct a wind farm comprising of nine turbines, 81m in height on land 2km South West of Orby.

Plans for the proposed wind farm have been rumbling on for over a decade, 15 years in total.

Over the past 13 years, the same applicant has made three applications to build a wind farm in the area.

Residents’ concerns have ranged from environmental impacts, such as the effects on wildlife; in particular birds and bats, the knock-on effects on the local landscapes, listed buildings, disruption to public footpaths, disturbance to television and radio signals, increased traffic and potential problems arising from the erection of structures in marshland flood zones and increases in the areas water tables.

A leading counc at LIncolnshire County Council also welcomed the news today that the appeal has been dismissed and planning permission refused.

County Coun Colin Davie, for Ingoldmells Rural and Executive Member for Environment and Planning, said: “The county council warmly welcomes the recommendation of the Planning Inspector and the decision by the Secretary of State to dismiss this appeal. This brings an end to 13 years of torment for the villages and residents surrounding the appeal site and the suffering inflicted upon these communities by one aggressive landowner who wished to enforce his will upon them.

“We, as a council, vigorously defended these communities and this landscape from this unwarranted attack from the very first application. I am, as a resident of this community, delighted at today’s decision.”

“In particular, I want to pay tribute to the outgoing MP, Sir Peter Tapsell, for his constant and steadfast support for these communities. He is an exemplar of service to the people of this area,” he added.

A full document comprising of the final decision letter and the Inspector’s Report, together with the right to challenge advice note is available from the Department for Communication and Local Government.