THIS PAGE HAS BEEN UPDATED TO RELATE TO THE
FULBECK AIRFIELD WIND FARM APPLICATION
It doesn’t take long to write a letter of objection, but there are a few basics to take into account:
- Clearly state that you object to or oppose the application.
- Quote the planning reference: S15/1764
- Make sure that you use valid grounds for objection – see list further down of what is and isn’t relevant in terms of planning
- You can object online or by post
- If posting your letter ensure you include your address
Your letter can be sent by post to Phil Moore, Planning & Building Control, South Kesteven District Council, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ or be submitted via the SKDC planning website.
If possible, please copy your letter/email to Dr Caroline Johnson MP, your local Parish Council and your local District & County Councillors (see bottom of page for contact details), so that they are all aware of the level of opposition.
Points that are NOT VALID PLANNING OBJECTIONS include: impact on your house value; impact on your personal view; your opinion of the landowner or the developer; the subsidies received by the developer; the cost or efficiency of wind power or the virtues of wind power versus other renewable energy sources.
Points that ARE VALID PLANNING OBJECTIONS include the following:
- Lack of community support – new government policy states that new wind farms will only be approved if they have the support of the local community
- Damage to heritage assets and their setting
- Visual impact/damage to landscape character – the proposed wind farm would dominate and devastate the rural, undeveloped landscape that benefits from uninterrupted, long distance wide open views and is a treasured local resource.
- Impact on residential & recreational amenity – overbearing impact on small scale dwellings; overbearing impact on individual homes particularly if your primary living areas face the site; detrimental effect on walkers, cyclists, riders etc. who use the footpaths on and near the site.
- Impact on highway safety – the C001 Stragglethorpe to Marston road has a poor safety record as it is without the significant additional heavy traffic during the construction period
- Damage to the local economy
- Impact on the natural environment especially bats
- Impact on health due to noise, vibration & flicker – the more specific your objection the better. If you or a member of your family suffers from neurological conditions, epilepsy, autism, sensory processing disorders etc. you may well be vulnerable. Your contact details will be ‘redacted’ (blocked out) by SKDC so you can object on health grounds without having to disclose your medical conditions to anyone other than the council.
- Noise and light pollution
- Cumulative impact – from other wind energy developments in the immediate vicinity including the operational turbines at Frinkley Farm and Marston, the approved Hawton wind farm near Newark …. and the many others proposed in the Trent Valley.
- Inadequate pre-application consultation by the developer – developers have a duty to conduct proper consultation. Do you feel that the consultation EnergieKontor conducted was anything more than a box-ticking exercise?
Please remember to send your objection in as soon as possible!
Phil Moore, Planning Officer, South Kesteven District Council, Council Offices, St Peter’s Hill, Grantham, Lincolnshire, NG31 6PZ
Dr Caroline Johnson MP, House of Commons, London SW1A 0AA
Paul Wood – Lincolnshire County Councillor, 59 The Pastures, Long Bennington, Newark,
NG23 5EG, firstname.lastname@example.org
Bob Sampson – District Councillor, The Shrubbery, South Heath Lane, Fulbeck, Grantham
Lincolnshire, NG32 3HU email@example.com