Lincolnshire wind turbines: Gayton given the go-ahead

Protest sign at Gayton Le Marsh A public inquiry was held in January

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Campaigners against the erection of a Lincolnshire wind farm say they are "heartbroken" to lose the fight.

A government inspector overturned East Lindsey District Council's decision to block eight turbines at Gayton Le Marsh, between Mablethorpe and Louth.

Campaigners said this was the wrong decision and it would ruin the landscape.

Developer Energiekontor said permission had been granted after "rigorous scrutiny" of the site.

Last year, Lincolnshire County Council advised district councils not to grant planning permission if wind farms failed to meet strict criteria.

'Appalled at decision'

Energiekontor's application was turned down following strong protests including a march and a 377ft (115m) blimp being flown to demonstrate the height of the turbines.

But the firm appealed against the decision and a planning inquiry was held in January which has now given the green light.

Cheryl Warwick, chairman of Saltfleetby Parish Council, said campaigners were "heartbroken" at the result.

"I'm very, very disappointed on behalf of our residents, and myself, and appalled at the decision," she said.

"This is going to be a rape, I have to say, of the marshlands of Lincolnshire."

Councillor Craig Leyland, portfolio holder for economic regeneration, said he will "look into the matter further".

A spokesman for Energiekontor said: "We are naturally delighted with the outcome of the planning appeal.

"The permission has been granted following rigorous scrutiny of the site's appropriateness for such a development, which has taken a number of years to reach this milestone."

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