As a keen follower of outdoor blogs, I have often been horrified by the plans put forward for wind turbines in beautiful upland areas. James’ blog highlighting another one today (which may not get planning). This madness took very much a step closer to home with a recent planning application for a 62.5 metre wind turbine just over 3000 metres from my house. Whilst the area I live in may not have splendid mountain scenery that I often walk and backpack in, it is 5 minutes from the Lincolnshire Wolds (an ANOB) forming an attractive backdrop to the three villages which make up our small parish. The wide views from horizon to horizon that the area is famous for would be ruined – this is a pleasant and quiet rural English landscape.
The plan for the turbine to be sited near to Kingerby Wood, an active well populated Heronry, and near to St Peter’s at Kingerby a Grade I 11th century church and the nearby Kingerby Hall, a Grade II listed building located on a scheduled monument seems particularly unsuitable. The monument includes the remains of a motte and bailey castle, constructed before 1216, and those of an early medieval church and associated ecclesiastical complex. The views coming from the West and towards the Wolds would be ruined. Details on Kingerby Hall and St Peter’s can be found on the English Heritage National List here.
There has been no demonstrated need for this turbine. It is not to support an existing or proposed agricultural operation, and there are no sustainable generation advantages being accrued to the local community, or the applicant`s operations. Renewable energy can be generated without the intrusion of wind turbines such as solar, ground source pumps and anaerobic digestion. If wind turbines are to be built let that be off-shore.
Very significant carbon footprint reductions could be achieved by spending the money put aside by the government for these wind farm projects on energy conservation and insulation of millions of households. The balance for the need for renewable energy versus the need for preservation of an asset that once destroyed can never be replaced seems to be increasingly one-sided in the UK. This development seems to be contrary to saved policy STRAT 12 – development in the open countryside.
I am going to do what I can do to oppose the planning application and there is plenty of opposition in our parish judging from a recent meeting at our village hall . It would be great if you could post a comment below in support of our opposition.