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Eight-day hearing into Lincolnshire wind farm plans due to come to a close

By East Lindsey Target  |  Posted: October 17, 2012

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THE Orby wind farm inquiry is set to come to a close today, Wednesday, following an eight-day hearing.

Last night, members of the public gathered at Hogsthorpe Village Hall to have their say on a proposed nine turbine development on land off Marsh Lane.

Applicant Mark Caudwell appealed to the Planning Inspectorate after East Lindsey District Council refused planning permission on the grounds of "cumulative impact" on the area, given the number of consented and proposed developments both on and off-shore.

During the last week, the inquiry has heard from both parties together with representations from the Orby Wind farm Action Group (OWAG).

A decision is expected to be announced later this year/early 2013.

Meanwhile, in the north of the district, wind farm campaigners are also building up their case against proposed developments at Bishopsthorpe Farm, Tetney; Louth Canal and Gayton Le Marsh plus other individual turbine applications in the area.

OWAG chairman Melvin Grosvenor has been helping to support residents in the area and has organised a public meeting at Tetney Village Hall on October 27 at 10am.

Mr Grosvenor said: "From that meeting, I am looking to form a new action group to cover that particular area with a combined, co-ordinated campaign to assess and approach these additional planning applications.

"I am expecting it to be a big public meeting."

The meeting will be chaired by Councillor Tony Bridges and will be attended by the area's MP, Sir Peter Tapsell.

Mr Grovenor added: "I am now working with communities throughout the district to stop the industrial turbine invasion of Lincolnshire."

Last week, around 60 people turned out to support a fundraising walk to help the No Wind farm at Gayton (NWAG) group fund putting their case to an planning inspectorate inquiry due to start in January.

The group also organised for a Blimp to be flown at the height of the eight proposed turbine at Thacker Bank.

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  • nigelsparky  |  October 18 2012, 2:06PM

    Old lincolnia you need to do some research on wind turbines They are NOT a viable form of generating electricity at all, they are not the answer to the quite ridiculous policies being imposed upon this country by the EU. and are so expensive to boot. Even OFFGEM have predicted wholesale power cuts due to the implementation of these follies. Complete and utter waste of money.

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  • M_C_Donald  |  October 17 2012, 10:14PM

    Like when the wind stops blowing.

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  • OldLincolnia  |  October 17 2012, 1:41PM

    Now get those glorious turbines up as fast as you can, or will you be lighting a candle when the lights go out?

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