County council welcomes new powers for wind farm opponents to block turbines

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Lincolnshire County Council has welcomed Government measures to give people living in communities where wind farms applications are submitted a greater say in blocking plans

The new rules mean wind farm proposals can be blocked if there is sufficient local opposition.

However, there will also be incentives for people living in areas where wind turbines are built, with people potentially having more than £100 off their bills.

Coun Colin Davie, executive member for the environment, said: “We welcome any proposals that give local people a greater say on developments in their community. Hopefully, these changes will put a stop to wind farms going ahead against local wishes.

“We suspect that here in Lincolnshire very few communities will be swayed by “incentives” from energy companies. That should help bring a halt to the unrestrained invasion of wind farms across the county – something local people have been calling for.

“This will make sure that our beautiful and historic landscape isn’t decimated for what appears to be very limited gain, bringing a better balance between our need for green energy and inappropriate developments that ruin the very environment we’re trying to protect.

“However, we now need the Government to practice what they preach. An ideal test case will be the proposed development in Orby. The county, district and parish councils, alongside the local community, have objected to development on this site for a decade. Hopefully, these new measures will help to stop it going ahead.”