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Parish backs turbine fight


Opposition is growing against plans for a wind farm on a former airfield after parish councillors on Monday unanimously opposed the application for ten 125m turbines.

Dorset company Infinergy has submitted plans to South Kesteven District Council for the turbines, which would be about 410ft, on farmland at Thackson’s Well, Normanton, near Long Bennington.

The site is next to the disused Normanton Airfield, historically known as RAF Bottesford, and is on land owned by farmer Mr Bob Smith.

The turbine’s blades would have a diameter of 90m or 295ft.

Long Bennington parish councillors objected on grounds of noise and visual impact.

Their comments will be sent to the district council, which will decide the application after consultation ends on January 11.

The parish clerk, Mr Steve Bowman, said the majority of people at the meeting, which attracted about 45 villagers, were against the turbines.

He expected that neighbouring parish councils, including Allington and Foston, would also oppose the plans.

Members of Belvoir Residents Oppose Turbines, an action group set up to fight the scheme, gave a presentation.

The group comprises 1,000 residents from nine neighbouring villages, including Normanton, Long Bennington and Bottesford. Members have raised £10,000 for campaign costs.

Member Mr Jamie Mawer, of Allington, said his property would be one of the closest to the wind farm.

“It will have a major impact on us. The nice views to Normanton will be obliterated. You will be able to see the turbines from Newark,” he said.

“I’m annoyed about the noise. It will be like long-term torture.”

The group was set up two months ago after a public meeting in Long Bennington attended by about 200 people.

“There are nine villages that are going to be affected by this. We need to join forces,” Mr Mawer said.

“If we can’t get the right results from the planning department we will take on legal representation.”

The group wants people to write to the district council.

Mr Mawer said they were planning a leaflet drop and to hire a blimp — a small airship — to help raise awareness.

Over the past year, Infinergy has conducted an environmental impact assessment, and, in October, held two public exhibitions. The turbines could power 12,800 homes a year.

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