Orby windfarm date change

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THE views of Orby residents will be represented at a major wind farm planning hearing after pressure from numerous groups over the date of the inquiry.

Last week the Standard reported a wind farm opposition group’s fears that a public meeting into landowner Mark Caudwell’s plans to build eight turbines at Orby Marsh, would occur in April when many of its members were unavailable.

Although the developers opposed any date change to accommodate Orby Windfarm Action Group’s availability, pressure from its members, Lincolnshire County Council and local MPs has resulted in the Planning Inspectorate requesting that a mutually convenient date for the meeting be agreed upon by the opposing parties.

OWAG chairman Melvin Grosvenor is delighted that the pressure has enabled the views of local people to be fully represented at the meeting.

He said: “It’s absolutely tremendous and it shows that I won’t stand idly by and watch any group I am involved with be walked all over. This issue has been going on for ten years and it would have been completely unfair for the local community to be without representation at the meeting.”

Coun Colin Davie lobbied for local views to be represented from a county council perspective, and said he felt the successful result was a paradigm example of the government’s localism policy in action.

He said: “Mark Caudwell’s approach and that of his legal team has exploded in their face. Representations made to the secretary of state by the county council, our MPs and members of this community have rightly succeeded as it is government policy to give local people full access to the planning system. For too long now he has bullied and intimidated residents and it is clear he will have to live with the government’s rules.”