Calls for residents to have a say over Fulbeck wind farm plans

Fulbeck Airfield site.
Fulbeck Airfield site.

An anti-wind turbine group is calling for more residents to have their say over a proposed wind farm set for Fulbeck.

Resident-led Vote for Energy Turbine Opposition (VETO) is campaigning against plans by EnergieKontor UK for 10 industrial turbines at the former RAF airfield in Stragglethorpe Lane.

Campaign spokesman Paul Miley said: “The application (S15/1764) could be decided within weeks. It is essential local people make their views known by sending an objection to South Kesteven District Council by letter, email or via the online planning portal.”

He added: “Our campaign was all about appropriate renewables - this community already has an operational solar farm, a second under construction and Fulbeck Airfield is currently used to collect straw for the renewable energy plant at Sleaford.”

As previously reported by The Standard, the proposed wind farm would be operational for a period of up to 25 years, after which the turbines would be decommissioned and the site restored.

More than 140 residents attended three public information events held by the developers last year - with campaigners claiming 90 per cent of those attending were against the scheme.

The planning application submitted to SKDC states the turbines will be 800m from the nearest homes - therefore operating in ‘acceptable noise criteria’, It also states the design will ‘respond to local landscape scale and character’ and ‘would not give rise to any adverse residential amenity effects when considering visual impact’.

A spokesman for EnergieKontor UK said: The submission of the planning application follows a very lengthy process of environmental assessment, design and consultation, during which the proposals have been refined to deliver a project that we think ticks all the right boxes in terms of renewable energy production, local benefits and acceptability of environmental effects. We have encountered a wide range of support for the project and look forward to building on that during the planning process We think Fulbeck Airfield is a great site for a wind farm. It is a large brownfield site that is free from environmental designations and located well away from houses.

The wind farm would deliver an annual community fund of up to £125,000 a year for the operational life of the wind farm, meaning up to £3,125,000 could be available for community projects and initiatives in the area over the next 25 years.

In addition we will be offering shared ownership for the wind farm, allowing members of the public to own shares in the project. We will be announcing further details on this in due course.”