Two separate plans for wind turbines around Caistor have been refused by West Lindsey District Council
EDP has lost its bid for a 102m erection on land south of Caistor Road, east of South Kelsey, and an identical turbine on land west of Moor Lane, Caistor.
The refusals have been welcomed by local councillors and residents who fought vigorous campaigns against the proposals, which EDP submitted separately in January.
A council report says the Caistor Road turbine would “cause unacceptable interference to the ATC radar at RAF Coningsby and to the ATC radar at RAF Waddington. This would be “contrary to the interests of military safety and the provisions of the National Planning Policy Framework.”
Citing Horton Hall and Moortown House, the report also said the development would also “intrude upon and dominate the setting of nearby heritage assets resulting in substantial harm to the detriment of their significance.”
A second report from Suzanne Fysh, Head of Development and Neighbourhoods, said the Moor Lane proposal would “have a detrimental and visual impact encroaching upon the views and setting of the Lincolnshire Wolds.”
“The proposed turbine as a result of its scale and location would result in unacceptable harm to the setting of the Caistor Conservation Area, a designated heritage asset,” it continued.
Kelsey ward councillor Lewis Strange, who worked with residents in opposing the plans, said “everybody will be delighted” with the refusals.
He describes the turbine proposals as a “Meccano monstrosity” and said “defence of the realm” must be paramount when determining applications.
“They can always go to appeal. I’m not counting all my chickens but 7 out of 10 are in the coop.”
Caistor town and WLDC councillor Alan Caine said “the correct decision” was made.