Delph Wind Farm, Pinchbeck South Fen

Following a scoping consultation in November 2011 to which the Trust responded, a planning application was submitted in February 2013 for nine wind turbines on a site directly adjacent to two Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust nature reserves, Willow Tree Fen and Pinchbeck Fen Slipe. Four of the turbines are proposed approximately 200m from the boundary of Willow Tree Fen. The turbines would be 126m tall to the blade tip. Given the proximity to two nature reserves the Trust has very serious concerns regarding the proposed development and submitted an objection to the planning application in March 2013. The Trust provided further comments in June 2013 and July 2013 and June 2014 after the applicants provided additional information.

The main concerns regarding the development would be the impacts of the turbines on wildlife, in particular birds, through direct collision with the turbine blades and displacement from the nature reserves due to disturbance from the turbines. At 114 hectares Willow Tree Fen is the largest fenland restoration site in Lincolnshire increasing Lincolnshire’s remaining fenland by 200%.

A number of birds, including lapwing, golden plover, skylark, marsh harrier, hobby, buzzard, kestrel, sparrowhawk, barn owl, short-eared owl, hen harrier, peregrine, snipe, curlew, redshank, wigeon, teal and pink-footed goose, are already using the nature reserve but we expect additional species to use the site as the fenland restoration progresses. A wind farm in the location proposed would put these birds at risk of collision and potentially deter use of a significant proportion of the site.

Willow Tree Fen is providing opportunities for local people and schools to get involved in wildlife and landscape conservation, and to see how the restoration of fenland habitat is achieved. It is also a resource for visitors to enjoy the countryside and appreciate the natural environment. The Trust therefore has serious concerns regarding the impact that a wind farm would have on visitors to Willow Tree Fen and Pinchbeck Fen Slipe through noise and visual impact. One of the many joys of visiting nature reserves is listening to birds singing or crickets chirping. Would the song of the skylark for example still be audible to visitors with wind turbines 200 metres away? This has not been considered in the Environmental Impact Assessment for the development.

The turbines would have a significant impact on the fenland landscape character and the Trust feels they would be visually intrusive on the nature reserves. They would interrupt the open fenland view from the River Glen bank on Pinchbeck Fen Slipe and the Macmillan Way towards Willow Tree Fen.

In December 2015 it was announced that the applicant Wind Ventures were effectively shutting up shop but would continue to pursue their schemes remaining in planning, including the Delph wind farm. South Holland District Council issued a letter in March 2016 stating that they were declining to determine the application. Given the length of time that has elapsed since the deadline for determination there is no longer a right to appeal against non-determination. The application has been ‘disposed of’ in accordance with the Town and Country Planning (Development Management Procedure) Order 2015, Article 40.

Visit the Wind Energy Development page to see the Trust's policy statement on wind energy developments.

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LWT response, November 2011 110.97 KB
LWT response, March 20134.02 MB
LWT response, June 201395.69 KB
LWT response, July 2013104.25 KB
LWT response, June 2014 167.84 KB