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Go ahead for wind farm

TWENTY giant wind turbines CAN now be built at Conisholme Fen, the government has said. The Ecotricity scheme was backed by East Lindsey District Council in a controversial move last October.

Less than a year before councillors had rejected an almost identical plan at Conisholme from the same firm because of the impact on Lincolnshire's landscape.

The Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM) looked at ELDC's decision and has now said it will not interfere in the council's approval of the project.

An ELDC spokesperson said: "Having carefully considered the relevant planning concerns raised by the application, together with all the representations received, the Secretary of State has concluded there is not sufficient conflict with national planning policies or any other reason to warrant the 'calling in' of the application for his own determination.

"This means the decision made by the district council last October will stand and the planning permission will now be granted."

Conisholme parish chairman Richard Osmond, who has protested against the development, said he is 'appalled'.

He said: "There is meant to be a public enquiry running this week on the original application.

"We had a barrister and I thought we had a fantastic case for dismissing it. Now we've been disenfranchised from expressing our point of view.

"When you think it's five kilometres from the Area of... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Less than a year before councillors had rejected an almost identical plan at Conisholme from the same firm because of the impact on Lincolnshire's landscape.

The Government Office for the East Midlands (GOEM) looked at ELDC's decision and has now said it will not interfere in the council's approval of the project.

An ELDC spokesperson said: "Having carefully considered the relevant planning concerns raised by the application, together with all the representations received, the Secretary of State has concluded there is not sufficient conflict with national planning policies or any other reason to warrant the 'calling in' of the application for his own determination.

"This means the decision made by the district council last October will stand and the planning permission will now be granted."

Conisholme parish chairman Richard Osmond, who has protested against the development, said he is 'appalled'.

He said: "There is meant to be a public enquiry running this week on the original application.

"We had a barrister and I thought we had a fantastic case for dismissing it. Now we've been disenfranchised from expressing our point of view.

"When you think it's five kilometres from the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, 20 whirling industrial machines as high as Louth spire, you get an idea of the scale of it.

"The district council have been absolutely appalling. They can't behave in this way and get away with it. These guys are meant to be looking after us."

He said the only way forward for protestors now was a judicial review.


Source: http://www.louthleader.co.u...

FEB 4 2006
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