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Baumber wind farm decision to be made during enquiry

The decision on whether to give the go ahead for Enertrag UK Ltd to locate a wind farm at Chase Farm, Baumber, is due to be made at a three-week-long public inquiry beginning on October 5. ..."We do feel strongly that this proposal at Baumber is not the right site. The countryside and old buildings of our county are very precious and it is so easy to damage them by not thinking carefully about the ways that they could change."

The decision on whether to give the go ahead for Enertrag UK Ltd to locate a wind farm at Chase Farm, Baumber, is due to be made at a three-week-long public inquiry beginning on October 5.

East Lindsey District Council, the Ministry of Defence and Baumber Wind Farm Action Group (BWAG) are expected to oppose the plans at the meeting in Minting Village Hall.

ELDC unanimously objected to the application, to site eight 125-metre-high turbines at Chase Farm, at a planning meeting in February.

Councillors were concerned about the negative impact the wind farm could have on people, saying it would be 'a disaster' and 'a carbuncle'.

But the final decision was taken out of the hands of local government when Enertrag UK lodged an appeal against ELDC with the Planning Inspectorate - on the grounds of non-determination.

Melvin Grosvenor, chairman of BWAG, said they had already got the ball rolling on their case against the wind farm plans and submitted what is called a 'statement of case'.

He said: "We have a great fight on our hands and we will do all that we can to present our case well."

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The decision on whether to give the go ahead for Enertrag UK Ltd to locate a wind farm at Chase Farm, Baumber, is due to be made at a three-week-long public inquiry beginning on October 5.

East Lindsey District Council, the Ministry of Defence and Baumber Wind Farm Action Group (BWAG) are expected to oppose the plans at the meeting in Minting Village Hall.

ELDC unanimously objected to the application, to site eight 125-metre-high turbines at Chase Farm, at a planning meeting in February.

Councillors were concerned about the negative impact the wind farm could have on people, saying it would be 'a disaster' and 'a carbuncle'.

But the final decision was taken out of the hands of local government when Enertrag UK lodged an appeal against ELDC with the Planning Inspectorate - on the grounds of non-determination.

Melvin Grosvenor, chairman of BWAG, said they had already got the ball rolling on their case against the wind farm plans and submitted what is called a 'statement of case'.

He said: "We have a great fight on our hands and we will do all that we can to present our case well."

The group needs £30,000 to cover legal costs - and is appealing to the public for donations.

They have organised a fundraising event in Baumber Park, Farmer's Row, on June 14.

There were around 900 declarations of opposition made during the consultation period, and only seven in support.

Louth and Horncastle MP, Sir Peter Tapsell, has aired his opposition and actively supports BWAG's campaign.

The Society for Lincolnshire History and Archaeology is the latest group to oppose the plans.

Although the society is not against the idea of wind farms, they are concerned about the effect the turbines could have on the long distance views of historical buildings such as Lincoln Cathedral and Stenigot Tower.

Neil Wright, chairman of the SLHA, said: "We do feel strongly that this proposal at Baumber is not the right site.

"The countryside and old buildings of our county are very precious and it is so easy to damage them by not thinking carefully about the ways that they could change.

"They are worth fighting to protect and this is why the society has taken a stand."

David Linley from Enertrag UK described the objections on the grounds of landscape and the cultural heritage as 'low-key issues'.

"The major one for us is the aviation issue," he said.

He added: "We think it is a good site."


Source: http://www.horncastlenews.c...

MAY 26 2010
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