Plans for an eight turbine wind farm near Corringham withdrawn

Campaign group No To Local Wind Farms has produced this image to show what a wind farm near Corringham would look like

Campaign group No To Local Wind Farms has produced this image to show what a wind farm near Corringham would look like

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The plans for an eight turbine wind farm to be built near Corringham have been withdrawn.

The projectfor Brown’s Holt Wind Farm has been stopped by RES due to planning barriers and in light of the Government’s prioritisation of more expensive and more polluting forms of energy generation.

RES Development Manager, Chris Banks, said: “Withdrawing the Brown’s Holt Wind Farm planning application has been a difficult decision and not one which RES has taken lightly, particularly given the local support for the project and the substantial benefits it would have brought to the area, including cheaper electricity bills for local residents.

“However at the current time the UK Government is not giving new onshore wind farms fair access to the energy market, access already provided to more expensive and more polluting forms of generation.

“On top of this, despite the local support for the Brown’s Holt project, West Lindsey District Council is not promoting onshore wind sites in its Local Plan. So sadly we are no longer able to progress Brown’s Holt.”

It was predicted that the proposed Brown’s Holt Wind Farm would have brought valuable economic, employment, business rates and community benefits - potentially totalling around £9 million over the wind farm’s lifetime.

This would have included around £2 million investment into the local economy during construction and the first year of operation alone, along with a projected £5 million in business rates over 25 years.

Brown’s Holt Wind Farm would also have provided more than £1.5 million in direct community benefits, including an annual Community Benefit Fund of at least £28,800 per year to support local projects and an annual discount of £200 for the electricity bills of almost 180 homes and businesses close to the site.

Chairman of Villages of the Cliff Against Turbines (Vocat), Ernest Coleman, said: “The news about the cancellation of the Brown’s Holt Wind Farm is both welcome and inspirational.

“At last the message is beginning to get through the developer’s camouflage, and the realities are striking home.

“The wonderful open-skyed land between the Trent and the Lincoln Edge has been saved from a pointless, useless, and invasive industrialisation that would benefit few and prove costly for the many.

“Well done to all those who stood in its way.”

Chris Banks added: “We’re deeply disappointed that we cannot proceed with the project, and we still believe this is an excellent location for renewable energy generation.”