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Council welcomes turbine decision

Campaigners and West Lindsey District Council have welcomed the government’s decision to refuse planning permission for ten 126.5m turbines in Hemswell Cliff.

WLDC planning committee chairman Coun Stuart Curtis said: “It is good that the voice of the community has been heard and they had a big part in the decision as it was recognised that the concerns of locally affected communities had not been addressed by the applicant.

“We are supportive of renewable energy installations but these have to be in the right location and respect both the natural and historic environment of the district.”

The project, originally rejected by WLDC, was heard at a planning inquiry in January.

The secretary of state concluded the benefits of the scheme did not outweigh the harm it would cause to nearby heritage assets. He found there would be significant adverse effects on the Wolds area of outstanding beauty.

VOCAT (Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines) campaigner David Lee described the decision as an “enormous relief”.

He said: “The (planning) inspector agreed with almost the whole of the VOCAT case, in particular our approach to the landscape impact assessment.”

Applicant RWE said it was “disappointed” at the decision.

RWE regional development manager Mark Crawford said: “We are naturally disappointed that we have been refused planning permission. At a time when onshore wind farms like Hemswell Cliff could make a positive and increasingly essential difference to climate change, energy bills and local investment, it is a shame that the project will not proceed further and allow the area to meet its own energy needs.”