LINCOLNSHIRE County Council says it wants to call a halt to the ‘unrestrained invasion of wind turbines across Lincolnshire’.
The council’s executive members have today (Wednesday June 6) agreed to take a stronger position on wind farms.
Coun Martin Hill, Leader of Lincolnshire County Council, said: “There’s been a proliferation of wind farms across Lincolnshire in recent years, and we feel that enough is enough.
“Although we understand the need for alternative energy and are not opposed to all wind farms, we remain unconvinced by the questionable science behind them.
“Not only are these things spoiling our beautiful countryside for future generations, they could also seriously damage our tourism industry – who wants to spend their holiday looking at a 400ft turbine?
“Similarly, who wants to live next door to one? People enjoy living in Lincolnshire because we have a great way of life, not because the landscape’s blighted by wind farms. On top of that, there are also issues around the damage caused to roads during the construction and decommissioning of turbines.
And at a time of rising ‘fuel poverty’ people shouldn’t have to subsidise these developments through their energy bills. For these reason, we want to raise the bar even higher for anyone wanting to construct a wind farm in the county, and urge them to think twice about the impact their plans will have.”
Planning applications for wind farms under 50Mw are determined by district councils, with the county council as a potential discretionary consultee.
Planning applications for wind farms 50Mw and above are determined by the Secretary of State, with the county council as a statutory consultee.