Eight-day inquiry to decide marsh village turbine application fate

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An eight-day planning inquiry will decide whether an eight-turbine wind energy development can go ahead.

EnergieKontor UK Ltd saw their plan for eight 115 metre high turbines on land near Great Carlton turned down by East Lindsey District Council in July, but have appealed to an independent national planning inspector to have the decision overturned.

During the inquiry representatives from the developer, ELDC, and opposition group NOWAG will all get the chance to put forward their case.

Project manager Richard Hind told the planning meeting in July of the ‘many benefits’, including power for 9,000 homes and a community fund for the surrounding villages worth £60,000 a year.

But councillors spoke in opposition of the development, fearing it would be an eyesore for nearby residents.

The wind turbines would be 25 metres bigger than St James’s Church in Louth, which stands at 90 metres tall.

The public are invited to attend the inquiry and, at the discretion of the inspector, may also express their views on the application.

The opening day is Tuesday, January 22 and the inquiry starts at 10am at Tedder Hall in Manby.

To view the documents relating to the wind turbine planning application, visit www.planningportal.gov.uk and enter reference number N/063/01392/11.