Wind farms ‘are answer to county’s energy aim’

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WIND farms could give Lincolnshire the greatest potential for meeting low carbon energy targets.

According to a report published by the East Midlands Councils, there are “constraints” on some areas in South Holland and Boston because of The Wash and bird conservation areas but the rest of the county has “significant potential” for generating renewable energy from wind power.

South Holland and South Kesteven are also named as among five of Lincolnshire’s districts to have significant potential to make energy from plant biomass.

Its findings are due to be discussed by members of Lincolnshire County Council’s environmental scrutiny committee tomorrow.

The study was commissioned to provide an evidence base to allow local planning authorities to develop policies to support low carbon energy development.

However, council officers have raised concerns about the report, which they say does not take into consideration how landscapes absorb large scale developments, the cumulative impact of wind turbines and the impact on individual residual properties.

The report also fails to consider large scale solar farms, such as the scheme recently put forward for land at Long Sutton’s Butterfly and Wildlife Park.

Tim New, of Fenland Against Rural Turbines (Fen ART), was among campaigners who spent six years fighting against two wind farm developments at Gedney Hill.

The developments won planning permission at appeal in April last year.

Mr New believes wind turbines are the most cost ineffective way of producing renewable energy.

Instead, he believes we should start looking at renewable energy in our own homes.

“We should not build homes unless there is some form of solar panel attached to it,” he said.

“When we’re looking at building homes, if someone is building 80 to 100 homes the costs would be minimal.”

He added: “With all of this technology we have, do we really in our heart of hearts think that digging a massive hole, filling it with concrete and sticking a big piece of metal in it is really the way forward?”