Campaigners against a giant Marsh wind farm have been given a glimmer of hope after East Lindsey District Council called for a full review.
Coun Craig Leyland has written to local government minister Eric Pickles in a bid to get the approval for eight turbines at Gayton le Marsh overturned after the government handed communities new powers to fight wind farms.
In April the government gave the go ahead for EnergieKontor UK to build eight 115-metre turbines despite ELDC rejecting it last year on the grounds of overwhelming opposition from residents.
But energy secretary Edward Davey last week ruled that local opposition can now override energy targets and said people deserved ‘a greater stake in the planning process’, prompting ELDC’s letter.
The news has been welcomed by Marsh Wind Farm Action Group chairman Melvin Grosvenor who labelled the decision a ‘travesty’.
He said: “I hope the government will set a precedent here, had this ruling been in place Gayton would have been refused and it was a travesty.
“This means the community voice is even more crucial and it’s vital that they make their voices heard.”
Coun Leyland called on the government to prove localism was more than simply a ‘sham’.
He said: “In the last three years this authority has spent nearly half a million pounds fighting appeals. We also know that communities affected by wind farm applications have felt compelled to form action groups to defend the landscapes they value.”
RenewableUK chief executive Maria McCaffery said it was ‘disappointing’ that many planned developments could now be scrapped.
Energie Kontor’s Richard Hind said the Gayton le Marsh consultation included nine local exhibitions ‘which meets the current government guidance on engagement’.
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