Controversial wind turbine plan is revised

Residents can now view an energy company’s revised planning application for a controversial ten-turbine wind farm at Hemswell Cliff.

Developer RWE NPower Renewables Ltd (RNRL) was given extra time to provide information to West Lindsey District Council.

This came after the planning application attracted many comments from residents, including a lot of objections.

The ten turbines, each with a maximum height of 126.5 metres, would be built on farm land near Hemswell Cliff and be taller than Lincoln Cathedral.

The revised application includes additional bird surveys, further archaeological investigations, noise surveys, more detailed environmental impact and ecology reports and more imagery of what the turbines would look like at the site.

The application also includes a permanent and temporary mast, substation and control building, temporary construction compound, construction of underground electrical cabling, new access tracks and an upgrade of existing access tracks and site.

The 25-year proposal will also include access points from the A15 and Middle Street.

The proposal can be viewed during opening hours at Festival Hall in Caistor Road, Market Rasen.

Alternatively, you can see the planning application at Guildhall in Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough and Lincoln Central Library in Freeschool Lane.

The consultation will close on Monday, July 22.

Campaigner Malcolm Worth said: “After many quiet weeks whilst waiting for RWE to provide West Lindsey District Council with further information, the revised plan is now in.”

He added: “The application remains essentially exactly the same as the original.”

New government rules are expected to give more power to communities to block wind farms.

The proposed planning rules mean residents would have to be consulted on potential developments - and plans could be blocked if there is significant local opposition.

The wind turbine application (WLDC reference 128940) and accompanying plans can also be viewed online at westlindsey.gov.uk/planning.