Wind Farms - Lincolnshire's Position
Lincolnshire Conservatives agree a tough new stance against wind farms
Protection of the Natural Environment and Biodiversity of Lincolnshire for future generations is today given the priority it deserves by the Executive of Lincolnshire County Council
Today the executive committee of Conservative controlled Lincolnshire County Council have voted unanimously to approve a new planning position statement on the building of onshore wind farms within Lincolnshire. This new statement places a renewed focus on developers meeting strict planning criteria before building wind farms, focussing on the following key areas:
- Landscape and Cumulative Visual Impact: The County Council is very concerned that the proliferation of onshore wind farm proposals would, if approved and implemented, result in the industrialisation and urbanisation of a highly rural county renowned and characterised by its big skies and uninterrupted vistas.
- Impact on the Historic and Natural Environment: Wind turbine development should not take place in areas of historic importance or in such a way to impact on the visual outlook of such sites, e.g. cathedrals, parish churches
- Residential Amenity: Amenity of existing residential occupants must be maintained at an acceptable level in particular, no wind turbine should be constructed within 2km of a single residential property, and no wind farms should be constructed with 10km of a village with more than 10 properties.
- Related Infrastructure: The presumption is for connecting cables to be placed underground and use made of existing or replacement pylons (of the same size and scale) along existing routes to carry the additional base load cabling. We will also require that all above and below ground infrastructure is removed post decommissioning and a bond held by the local authority to ensure compliance.
- Construction Vehicles: to mitigate the obvious impact on the roads network a bond should be paid, upfront, before any works commence.
- Local Economy: Whether individually or cumulatively wind farm developments should not have a negative impact upon the local economy, particularly upon tourism.
In voting to accept the recommendation of its cross-party Environmental Scrutiny Committee, Lincolnshire County Council is the first authority places the needs of it’s natural environment and residents above the interests of energy companies growing fat on tax payers subsidies. For the first time Lincolnshire County Council is be prepared to allocate whatever resources are required and deemed appropriate to defend the Position Statement, on an application by application basis – that means tangible support for those communities who are subjected to unsuitable wind farm proposals.
Leader of the council Cllr Martin Hill supported the move saying
”Lincolnshire Conservatives are committed to the green energy agenda, already we have fitted solar panels to our buildings, begun building a revolutionary energy from waste plant as well as supporting straw powered electricity generation and anaerobic digestion plants. Already this authority has delivered, with our district partners, energy efficiency measures to 15 000 homes.”
Cllr Colin Davie, Chairman of the council’s environmental scrutiny committee echo’d the fears of the Lincolnshire public saying
“This is not about energy efficiency or even wind farms it is about subsidy farming: businesses getting rich from the public and in particular those most effected by fuel poverty.”
Cllr Hill added
“This isn’t a NIBYISM it’s a simple example of localism in action – elected Conservative councillors standing up for the needs of Lincolnshire people”
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