Doubts over plans to erect three 18-metre micro wind turbines in Alford and Bilsby area despite council green-light

Doubts surround a controversial scheme to erect three 18-metre high micro wind turbines in an Alford-area village - even though the application was approved at this month’s East Lindsey planning meeting.

Despite strong opposition from Alford Town Council and Bilsby, Asserby and Thurlby parish council, district councillors rubberstamped the proposal by Windcrop Ltd for Jorich Farm off Back Lane in Bilsby.

But following the vote, committee chairman Coun Neil Cooper sprang a surprise.

“I doubt if the turbines will be installed,” he said. “The firm has gone into administration.”

During the debate, Coun Ed Mossop complained that no photo-montage had been supplied with the application to allow planners to see how the turbines would sit in their surroundings.

However, he went on to say he doubted if there would be any significant visual impact - at least from far away.

Agreement came from Coun Tony Howard who said the turbines would “not be an intrusion” and from committee vice-chairman Coun Steve O’Dare who felt the structures would be shielded by the plentiful mature trees in the area.

Backing approval, case officer Andy Allen claimed the turbines would be “lost in the landscape”.

It is understood that Norfolk-based Windcrop Ltd called in administrators, with the loss of 40 jobs, at the start of last month after running into cashflow problems.