Plans to build a 102-metre wind turbine in Caistor have been rejected.
Communities and Local Government minister Greg Clarke has backed the original decision made by West Lindsey Councillors following an appeal.
Opponents of the turbine, earmarked for land near Moor Lane, argued it would spoil the town’s reputation as an area of natural beauty.
The proposal called for the construction of a single 102-metre tall wind turbine on land west of Moor Lane in Caistor.
Sir Edward Leigh, Conservative MP for Gainsborough, supported local residents who pointed out the negative effect the turbine would have on the Caistor Conservation Area as well as the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The MP had written to Greg Clark MP asking him to call in the application for his own decision rather than leave the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
He said: “Local people are best suited to make planning decisions in our towns and villages, and I am very glad that Greg Clark has backed up the informed decision West Lindsey’s planning committee came to.
“We can’t have energy companies with deep resources intimidating locals through long, drawn-out appeals processes. The Secretary of State has used the powers granted to him under the law to determine the course of this application himself, and quite rightly decided in favour of local residents.”
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