Secretary of state overturns inspector's wind turbine recommendation

The secretary of state has rejected three wind turbines in Lincolnshire, contrary to his inspector's recommendation.

The three wind turbines would have a maximum overall height of up to 127m. The secretary of state noted that the landfill site was within an area to the north of Scunthorpe that was characterised as a despoiled landscape, in need of restoration, and that a main point of dispute between the appellant and the council on landscape effects was the relationship of the turbines to the parallel ridge of an ironstone escarpment. On this matter the secretary of state agreed with the inspector that the siting and linear alignment of the turbines would respect the adjacent scarp, with each turbine occupying a small area.

However, the secretary of state also gave considerable importance and weight to the need to preserve the setting of a grade II* listed church. Further, he gave substantial weight to minor harm to the setting and significance of an upstanding bronze age burial mound on the village green. He also gave moderate weight to the harm which the turbines would cause to visual amenity at most locations within 1km and some weight to the harm caused to the landscape character of the ironstone escarpment. Taken together, the secretary of state considered that the harms outweighed the environmental benefits which the scheme would provide.

Inspector: Robert Mellor; Inquiry

DCS Number 200-003-113

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