Ex-energy minister fights local wind farm

May 9, 2013 by  
Filed under Green Energy News

DECC
is due to publish planning prospoals shortly on wind farms that could affect
applications. It could include payments to communities and stricter
environmental assessments.

Mr Hayes said the community is against the wind farm at Delph, Lincolnshire
because of the impact on wildlife.

He pointed out the wind farm is near to two nature reserves that sustain
populations of rare birds like the golden plover, greenshank and
black-tailed godwit.

He said the local community is also concerned about the visual impact of the
turbine on the skyline, disturbance of local walks and bridle paths and the
“swoosh and bang” noise.

“I believe that this proposal will have a detrimental impact on local wildlife
habitats of birds, bats and other forms of wildlife, which reportedly
include those of weasels, stoats, newts and other species.”

The Wildlife Trusts and Natural England have written to the council expressing
their concerns. Stop Pinchbeck Wind Farm is also fighting the wind farm.

But Adrian Butler, the Wind Ventures project manager for The Delph, told the
local paper The Spalding Guardian, the company is not withdrawing and will
press ahead with its application.

The company is offering the community around £45,000 per annum for the 25 year
operational life of the wind farm.

He said: “At the moment, we are in the process of drafting a detailed response
to the comments made by Natural England, Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust,
Lincolnshire Bat Group and the ecology expert for Stop West Pinchbeck Wind
Farm.”

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