New wind farm for Dawsmere?

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Twelve wind turbines measuring 34.5metres to the tip could appear on farmland at Dawsmere.

Gedney Parish Council will discuss the plan tonight, but members – including county councillor William Webb – are staying tight-lipped until after the meeting.

District councillor Sarah Wilkinson, an Independent who represents Gedney, has fired off an objection to her own planning authority.

She says: “Gedney Dawsmere is predominantly agricultural and this application, if granted, will have an adverse effect on the scenic beauty of the area.

“I compare this to the siting of wind turbines at Grange Farm in neighbouring Tydd St Mary, which has an industrial setting courtesy of the power station at Sutton Bridge, therefore being a more suitable location for turbines.

“This proposed site is within the green belt close to a site of turbines already in existence.”

The Sycamore Small Wind company’s application is for Wiles Farm, in Durham Road.

Another objector, James Stobart, says that the “small” wind turbines proposed are slightly higher than Gedney Water Tower.

Mr Stobart, from Holbeach St Matthews, says the effect of 12 turbines scattered around “this pleasing marshland scene can only be detrimental”.

He says farmers have made considerable efforts to enrich both the aspect and ecology of the area while maintaining a sensitive relationship between farming and the “local human and wildlife communities” and it is not unusual to see hen and marsh harriers, merlins, barn owls and buzzards in the skies.

But Sam Godfrey, who neighbours the application site, supports the plan.

l The planning committee is expected to make its decision in January or February.