Controversial wind farm decision is close

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A special planning meeting is being held to discuss a controversial wind farm proposal that has seen more than 2,000 objections.

The meeting, organised by West Lindsey District Council, will focus on RWE Npower Renewables Ltd’s application to erect a 20 to 25 mega-watt wind farm at Hemswell Cliff.

It would include 10 turbines measuring 126.5 metres as well as supporting infrastructure.

The application has attracted a lot of interest from residents.

The council has received more than 2,000 letters of objection and more than 600 letters of support for the application.

Due to the high level of interest in the application, the council is holding a special planning meeting at the Epic Centre at the Lincolnshire 
Showground.

Planning officers have advised councillors the application should be refused on a number of grounds.

But the final decision will be made by the planning committee on the night.

WLDC director of planning and regeneration Mark Sturgess said: “This is a major planning application, which officers have been working on for 12 months, assessing all the information and undertaking discussions with statutory consultees.

“It has generated a high level of interest from local residents, which is why we have decided to hold the special planning meeting, to enable as many people as possible to attend.

“It raises significant issues about how we protect the built and natural environment of the district and play our part in meeting the renewable energy requirements of the 
country.”

Members of the public are invited to attend the meeting, which will take place on Wednesday, October 30.

It will be split into two sessions - the first session, starting at 2pm, will be to enable the planning committee to listen to those making representations for and against the planning application.

And the second part of the meeting, which will start at 6.30pm, will be when the decision is made.

To see a copy of the planning officers’ report visit west-lindsey.gov.uk.

Anyone interested in speaking at the event is advised to contact representatives for either for or against to ensure their messages are relayed.

You will also need to call or e-mail the council’s democratic services team to register you request.

Phone 01427 676595 or e-mail committeeadmin@west-lindsey.gov.uk.