Farmer appeals council’s wind turbine refusal

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Campaigners who twice thought they had won their fight against a wind turbine development now face another battle.

Ermine Farms Ltd has put in an appeal against West Lindsey District Council’s decision to turn down its application for two 35m wind turbines at Heath Farm in Normanby by Spital.

When this application was first turned down, the pig farmer put in another identical one. It withdrew this when the MoD objected over radar interference concerns at RAF Waddington.

News that Ermine Farms will now appeal the first application has left campaigners frustrated.

Campaigner Richard Armstrong has written a 
letter to the Planning Inspectorate, which will determine the appeal in the coming months.

He said: “We look forward to receiving the news that the appeals inspector has also rejected the application.”

About 170 residents who signed a petition are concerned about the impact wind turbines will have on horses, wildlife, road safety, views of the open countryside and autistic children who use a nearby riding club.

WLDC turned down the application saying turbines would have a “detrimental impact on the visual amenity of the open area”.

The Rasen Mail contacted Ermine Farms Ltd but it turned down an opportunity to comment.