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Wind Farms

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Your views on wind farms

You can now view the results from the recent wind farm survey below.

Why we asked you about wind farms

The county council wants to call a halt to the unrestrained spread of wind turbines across Lincolnshire.

The council’s executive members therefore decided last June to take a stronger position on onshore wind farms.  

Although supportive of alternative energy, councillors questioned the efficiency of turbines and their impact on the county’s residents, landscapes and tourism industry.

Councillors agreed a set of guidelines, which they hoped would be taken into consideration by local planning authorities and developers when deciding where to locate new developments.

To give these more weight, we now want to turn our stance into an official council policy.

Here is a brief summary of where we stand on wind farms:

Landscape and visual impact

Wind farms should not be located within:

  • Highly sensitive landscapes
  • The Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, or 2 km of its boundary
  • Coastal conservation areas
  • An insufficient distance from towns and villages

Impact on the historic and natural environment

Wind farms should not:

  • Compromise historic gardens, parks, battlefields, Lincoln Cathedral, church spires, historic landscapes and important townscapes
  • Be located within or near Sites of Special Scientific Interest

Impact on residents

Wind farms should not be allowed within:

  • 700 metres of a property (2km if there are noise issues)  
  • An unacceptable distance of residential properties, based on the size of the turbine blades

Impact on the local economy

  • Wind farms should not be allowed to have a negative impact upon the local economy, particularly tourism

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Last updated: 29 January 2013

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