Sir Edward Leigh, the Conservative Member of Parliament for the Gainsborough Constituency, has welcomed the Communities & Local Government Secretary’s final refusal of planning permission for a wind turbine near Moor Lane, Caistor, in his constituency.
The MP of over three decades’ experience in the Commons had written to Greg Clark MP asking him to call in the application for his own decision rather than leave the appeal to the Planning Inspectorate.
“Local people are best suited to make planning decisions in our towns and villages, and I am very glad that Greg Clark has backed up the informed decision West Lindsey’s planning committee came to.
“We can’t have energy companies with deep resources intimidating locals through long, drawn-out appeals processes. The Secretary of State has used the powers granted to him under the law to determine the course of this application himself, and quite rightly decided in favour of local residents.”
The proposal called for the construction of a single 102 metre tall wind turbine on land west of Moor Lane in Caistor. Sir Edward supported local residents who pointed out the negative effect the turbine would have on the Caistor Conservation Area as well as the Lincolnshire Wolds Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.