Turbines refused in Vale of Belvoir again

DONG Energy of London has set up an East Coast Community Fund worth �9.3 million over the next 20 years for coastal towns and villages within 570-mile radius of both Race Bank and Hornsea Offshore Wind Farms.

DONG Energy of London has set up an East Coast Community Fund worth �9.3 million over the next 20 years for coastal towns and villages within 570-mile radius of both Race Bank and Hornsea Offshore Wind Farms.

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Permission for six wind turbines in the Vale of Belvoir has been refused by South Kesteven District Council.

The decision against approving six 110m tall turbines west of Sewstern Lane, near Allington, was made by SKDC planning officers under delegated powers last week. They stated: “The proposal would result in considerable and extensive harm to the landscape character, visual amenity, and the setting of numerous heritage assets in the area.

“Furthermore, it is considered that the planning concerns of local people have not been addressed and therefore, the proposal does not have public backing contrary to the National Planning Practice Guidance (NPPG) and Written Ministerial Statement.”

This statement by Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government Greg Clark, said that planning authorities should only grant permission for wind turbines if it can be demonstrated that the planning impacts identified by affected local communities have been fully addressed, and therefore the proposal has their backing.

The application had received objections from several parish councils and campaign group Belvoir Locals Oppose Turbines (BLOT).

A BLOT spokesman said: “The scheme was to be on exactly the same site as a previous wind farm application (Thackson Well) which was dismissed at appeal in 2008. In 201, another wind farm (Palmers Hollow) was also dismissed at appeal in the neighbouring fields. It was clear from the outset the Sewstern Lane application had little hope of being granted planning permission. We are thrilled the council agreed and have written an excellent report which plainly lays out strong reasons for refusal.

“BLOT are pleased this was a delegated refusal, rather than going to full planning committee, because it has saved ratepayers’ and the council’s money. Over a dozen parish councils objected, along with many local people.”

The applicants say they are now considering their options on whether to appeal.