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Lincolnshire wind farm consultation to open

A Swedish company behind plans for a 20-turbine wind farm in Lincolnshire is to hold a six-week public consultation with artist's impressions of the site.

Vattenfall, a state owned Swedish energy company and Scandinavia's biggest energy supplier, is proposing the development at Nocton Fen could produce over 50 megawatts.

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Local campaign groups have protested the plans, which involve 150m high turbines over an area of nine square kilometres.

An earlier consultation with residents resulted in the plans being reduced from 23 turbines to 20.

The full application is expected to be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate in the early part of 2016.

After receipt of the application, there will be 28 days to review it and decide whether or not to accept.

Melvin Grosvenor from Protect Nocton Fen says the turbines will have too much of an impact on the landscape:

We want to talk to as many people as possible about our plans in June. We know that they are taking a keen interest in how the wind farm might look. These photomontages will show people the potential visual effect of the Nocton Fen Wind Energy Project. We want to develop and operate a wind farm that benefits as many local residents as possible. That's why we've started talking to people about an annual community investment of £300,000 and why we'll start talking to local businesses soon.

– – GRAHAM DAVEY, VATTENFALL'S PROJECT MANAGER FOR THE NOCTON FEN WIND ENERGY PROJECT

The consultations will be held at the following locations:

  • Bardney Village Hall - Thurs 11 June 2pm-7pm
  • Nocton Village Hall - Fri 12 June 2pm-8pm
  • Potterhanworth Memorial Hall - Sat 13 June 10am-4pm
  • Metheringham Village Hall - Thurs 18 June 2pm-8pm
  • Dunston Village Hall - Fri 19 June 2pm-8pm
  • Branston Village Hall - Sat 20 June 10am-4pm