Lincolnshire

Lincolnshire family's wind farm fight returns

Jane and Julian Davis with wind farm in the distance
Image caption Julian and Jane Davis plan to help his parents fight the application by Wind Ventures

A Lincolnshire couple who were forced to move house because of wind turbines are now fighting plans for a wind farm near a new family home.

Julian and Jane Davis won an undisclosed amount of compensation over alleged noise nuisance from a wind farm at Deeping St Nicholas, near Spalding.

The couple then bought a house for Mr Davis' parents in West Pinchbeck.

But there are proposals to install up to nine wind turbines in view of their new home by developers Wind Ventures.

Mr and Mrs Davis, who reached an out-of-court settlement eight months ago after a five-year legal fight over wind farm noise, said they would now campaign to stop the development at The Delph in Spalding.

'Significant noise'

Mrs Davis said they carried out land searches when they purchased the house for her husband's parents.

"We asked the council specific questions but because of the legislation in the law, at the moment it does not show when there's a scoping opinion applied for," she said.

"If the new turbines go ahead they will be 500 or 600 metres from people's homes and that is a distance that is more than likely to have significant noise effect."

A public consultation over The Delph Wind Farm project will take place in the coming months.

Project manager Richard Lord said: "It's a new project and we can understand that the locals will have concerns.

"We've already had some meetings with the local councils and plan to have exhibitions open to the public in September.

"Each turbine generates electricity for about 1,000 homes and the site at Delph can accommodate up to nine."

Mr and Mrs Davis claimed the low frequency hum from the eight-turbine wind farm at Deeping St Nicholas made them ill.

The turbines began operation half a mile from their then home in mid-2006.

Within six months the couple had moved, claiming the noise had disturbed their sleep, given them headaches and made their house effectively worthless.

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