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Turbine proposals thrown out by planners  

Credit:  Lincolnshire Echo | April 06, 2016 | www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk ~~

A controversial wind turbine application has been turned down by the Secretary of State after an action group claimed it would have been too noisy.

The turbine would have been 50 metres in height and 78 metres to blade tip. It was proposed for land off Castle Lane, Great Carlton.

The application by EDP was originally refused in March 2015 and now the appeal has been refused.

Inspector Laura Graham said in a letter about the decision: “Great Carlton is primarily an arable area with medium to large fields and the tranquility of the rural landscape is an important characteristic.

“The introduction of a relatively tall man-made feature with turning blades would have a detrimental effect on the landscape character of the area.

“Turning to visual impact, there is a public footpath from North Reston to Great Carlton which runs close to the appeal site. From this path, views of the proposed turbine and its turning blades would detract from the enjoyment of the tranquil rural landscape that walkers currently enjoy.”

The Marsh Windfarm Action Group said it had been working with Dr John Yelland who had said the noise assessments were flawed and that incorrect figures had been included.

The secretary of state added: “A review of the Noise Assessment has been submitted on behalf of MWAG.

“The review makes various criticisms of the Appellant’s Noise Impact Assessment including, the failure to undertake a site visit to establish the distance between the proposed turbine and the closest noise receptors.”

It added the applicant had not followed the Institute of Good Practice Guide in relation to sourcing turbine data, and the data was not sufficiently precise because it was rounded down.

“In the circumstances, I am not satisfied that the proposed development will not harm the living conditions of the occupiers of dwellings in the vicinity of the appeal site, most notably Rose Cottage, with particular reference to noise,” she added.

Members of MWAG said the turbine would have had a detrimental effect on the village had it gone ahead.

Chairman Melvin Grosvenor said: “It is quite a big turbine and the nearest property according to us was only 400 metres away from the turbine. It would have had a great impact on Great Carlton.

“It would have damaged the landscape which the inspector agrees with and it would have impacted with the Lincolnshire Wolds.

“The developers think its fine when it’s not and the inspector has agreed with us.”

One of the residents who would have been affected by the wind turbine was Margaret Nielson, who lives on Main Road.

She said: “I know the overwhelming opinion in the village is that they are pleased it was turned down.

“I thought it would have had a detrimental effect on the visual impact.

“So many houses would have backed on to it.”

Source:  Lincolnshire Echo | April 06, 2016 | www.lincolnshireecho.co.uk

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