Have your say on wind farm

Gainsborough news
Gainsborough news

WEST Lindsey District Council has extended the deadline for people to respond to a planning application for a wind farm at Hemswell Cliff.

RWE npower Renewables LTD has applied to build ten wind turbines with maximum heights of 126.5m each.

The project is classed as a ‘major’ development by the authority, and is the first of its kind in the district.

As a result, the council’s consultation deadline has been extended from 21 days to 35 days for residents and 42 days for parish councils.

Letters have been sent to 1,200 residents and businesses within a four kilometre radius of the site.

“We have consulted more people than normal and extended the consultation period to give as many people that will be affected by this proposal as possible to respond,” said Suzanne Fysh, head of service developments and neighbourhoods at the council.

“I want to take this opportunity to remind everyone that only planning considerations can be taken into account and these are called ‘material considerations’.”

They include: local plan policies; Government planning guidance; planning law and previous decisions; highways safety and traffic; noise, disturbance and smells; design, appearance and layout; conservation of historic buildings/trees; residential amenities or environmental impact.

Issues not considered include: matters covered by other laws; private property rights; the applicant’s morals or motives; suspected future development; loss of view or property value; personal position of applicant or objector.

To view the application and respond, visit www.west-lindsey.gov.uk/planning , call 01427 676676 or visit the Guildhall, Marshall’s Yard, Gainsborough, and quote application reference number 128940.