Anderby wind farm plan rejected by government

Plans for a wind farm on the Lincolnshire coast have been rejected by the government following a public inquiry.

RWE Npower Renewables wanted to erect six turbines at Anderby, which it said would generate enough electricity to power 7,800 homes a year.

More than 680 residents objected to the planned development within a coastal country park.

The firm said the refusal was a "missed opportunity".

The planning inspector said the turbines could "impair the effectiveness of the coastal country park and the coastal grazing marsh projects which aim to improve biodiversity in the area and add to tourism".

'Delighted for everyone'

Councillor Colin Davey, county councillor for Anderby, said: "It's fantastic news for the residents who worked so hard to raise the funds to campaign against it.

"I'm delighted for them. I'm delighted for the county council because of our commitment to the coastal country park and I'm delighted for everyone in Lincolnshire who's going to be able to enjoy in the future a beautiful, unspoiled rural landscape."

The matter was referred to the government after East Lindsey District Council did not make a decision on the application in the required amount of time.

Matt Pinfield, RWE Npower Renewables regional manager for Eastern England, said: "We are disappointed that the planning inspector did not agree with us that this was a well-designed wind farm in a good location.

"We feel that the refusal is a missed opportunity and will now look at our next steps."

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