Farm wind turbine plans set to go ahead

Plan for two 80 foot wind turbines at a farm on the outskirts of Market Rasen look set to be built after getting the backing of the town council.

However, councillors were split 
and it was still noted that 
some members had concerns over the visual impact of 
the wind turbines, which 
have been applied for by 
Sue and Ian Robins of South Farm, Linwood Road, Market Rasen.

Coun Lynda Bowen said: It’s 80 foot, how high is St Thomas’ Church steeple, it’s about the same isn’t it?

“I think it will be detrimental to an area of outstanding natural beauty, I do not think it will enhance Market Rasen to have these.”

Councillors also raised concerns that approval of the application may open the flood gates for future wind turbine projects.

Coun Bowen added: “We have a lot of farm land round here and if all the farms had two turbines we would be inundated with them across the countryside.

“If this goes ahead it’s a green light to others to do it.”

Councillors heard that the local residents main concern was with regards to noise, but were told by an agent acting on behalf of the applicant that the turbines would be the latest technology and would not be able to be heard other than on the farm.

Coun Margaret Lakin-Whitworth, who had been to visit the site where the turbines will be placed, also tried to reassure councillors. .

She said: “The site is 
far away from any other property.

“Looking at the photographs where they have super-imposed the turbines on you can hardly see them,

“The energy they want to generate is for the farm and I think it’s a good idea.

“If you stand across 
from them at the racecourse you will not be able to see them because they are below the power lines.”

Members were also told that there is also a barn already built on the site of a similar height to the turbines which will hide them from view.

Coun Bowen’s objections were noted but other councillors present supported the application, which will now be considered by West Lindsey District Council, but members felt was “pound to a penny” likely to be approved.

The turbines will last for 20 years and then be removed.