Tuesday, 22 April 2014

Wind Farm

Political Overtones

Ed Miliband: We must embrace wind farms... even if they're built in the countryside

'Britain will have to ‘embrace’ onshore wind farms if Labour wins the next election, Ed Miliband has said.'


Why Ed Miliband's wife could get a windfall from more onshore turbines being built

'Justine Thornton is a barrister who specialises in environmental law and has helped developers in high-profile legal battles to build turbines.'


Cameron told not to appease minority of Tory MPs opposed to windfarms

'Renewable industry and green campaigners concerned prime minister is considering new controls on onshore turbines'


Conservatives to promise ban on new onshore windfarms

'Manifesto will focus on solar power and offshore wind instead in attempt to show Cameron is not abandoning green agenda'


Wind turbines: A blight on Britain’s countryside or the future of energy?

'Accusing politicians of being full of hot air has long been a national sport, so perhaps it’s no surprise that they are trying to shed some.'


Campaign to Protect Rural England

Would like to hear from you if you live near Nocton Fen and have a view or want to object / protest against the large wind turbine development - contact: cprelincs@gmail.com

Monday, 21 April 2014

Nocton Fen Wind Farm

Important Announcement

The following email was received this afternoon:

"Dear All

PNF - Protect Nocton Fen.......No Wind Turbines
Notice of Councillor Pre Application Planning Forum Meeting

Tuesday 29th April, 2014 at 4.00pm

Venue: Council Chamber, NKDC Council Offices, Kesteven Street, Sleaford NG34 7EF
The Developer, Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd, will be giving a presentation to the NKDC Councillors (see attached letter) on the wind farm proposal for Nocton Fen.

This meeting is open to the public and following the presentation the Councillors will have the opportunity to put questions to the Developer.

It is an important meeting since, although the public cannot speak at the meeting, it is a significant opportunity for supporters of PNF to turn up in force to demonstrate to NKDC and the Developer the level of public support against the proposal.

If you are able to attend this meeting it would be greatly appreciated. PNF will be lobbying outside the main entrance to the NKDC offices before the meeting starts assembling at 3.15pm.

Representatives of PNF will be present to meet you and posters will be provided.

PNF will also be issuing a press release to the media in the hope that they will report on the event.
Kind regards
Geoff Ward
On behalf of PNF Group"

Content of Letter

NKDC letter notifying of presentation by Vattenfall at Councillor Planning Pre-application Forum
Dear Clerk,

I am writing to make all Town and Parish Councils aware that a Councillor Planning Pre-application Forum has been scheduled for 4pm on Tuesday 29th April in the Council Chamber, North Kesteven District Council Offices. The pre-application presentation will be by Vattenfall Wind Power Ltd, relating to land at Nocton Fen.

The scheme is a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) for the development of a wind farm. In the event that the developer proceeds with a formal application for development consent, this would not be determined by NKDC, it would be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate. The Planning Inspectorate would examine the application and make a recommendation to the Secretary of State who would determine the application under the provisions of the Planning Act 2008.

Councillor Planning Pre-application Forum North Kesteven District Council encourages pre-application discussions with developers who are considering proposals for major / significant / innovative schemes within the District. This is a means to secure early engagement with Councillors in order to share proposal details, hear reactions to it and to respond before making a formal application. A Councillor Planning Forum provides the opportunity for open exploration of the issues in a relatively informal atmosphere and perhaps to identify problems that could be resolved in advance of the formal submission of an application.

This meeting is open to the public but it is not a decision making committee. The developer’s presentation will last a maximum of 15 minutes, followed by a 15 minute Members’ question and answer session. There is no opportunity for public speaking at Pre-application Planning Forums.

The forum is a public meeting which anyone is able to attend. We are not taking names in advance; seating will be available on a first-come first-served basis. For health and safety reasons there is a maximum capacity on the number of people allowed in the chamber at any one time. We are making as much seating as possible available for this meeting in the Civic Suite, but once the maximum capacity has been reached there will be no more admissions.

Please note:
The presentation for NKDC Members is just one element of a variety of consultation processes undertaken by the developer. Other consultation undertaken by the developer as part of the requirement of the NSIP process the developer must consult with key stakeholders, including the local community. The consultation requirements and how stakeholders can participate in the process can be accessed from the following weblink: http://infrastructure.planningportal.gov.uk/application-process/participating-in-the- process/
The developer has already undertaken exhibitions in the local community in November and December 2013 and there are proposed to be further consultation events in the Summer 2014.  These will be advertised by the promoter.  This is a separate process to this Councillor Planning Forum.

I would be grateful if you could share this information with anyone who may be interested.

Kind regards,
Jenni Gibson Democratic Services Officer North Kesteven District Council
T: 01529 308243 W:

Additional Reminder

There will also be a debate at the Metheringham Annual Village Meeting during the evening of the 29th April 2014. For more information, please refer to my earlier blog.

Sunday, 20 April 2014

Property for sale

Properties advertised on Right Move

Period Property - Park Farm, The Green, LN4 2BG
[Savills] £595,000

New build - Plots 43, 44 & 45, Nocton Park Rd, LN4 2BE
[Pygott & Crone] £415,000 each

Parklands Avenue, LN4 2BF
[Haart] £390,000

Barn Conversion - Halls Barn, School Rd, LN4 2BJ
[Winkworth] £375,000

Nocton Park Rd, LN4 2BE
[Haart] £370,000

9, Parklands Avenue, LN4 2BF
[Robert Bell & Co] £360,000

Bungalow with building plot - 7, The Avenue, LN4 2BN
[JH Walter] £330,000

Bungalow - 6, Manor Court, LN4 2BB
[Mundys] £319,950
[William H Brown] £310,000

New build - Plots 46 & 48, Nocton Park Rd, LN4 2BE
[Pygott & Crone] £315,000 each

New build - Plot 47, Nocton Park Rd, LN4 2BE
[Pygott & Crone] £285,000

New build - Plots 12 & 36, Nocton Park Rd, LN4 2BE
[Pygott & Crone] £275,000 each

1, Nocton Park Rd, LN4 2BE
[eMoov.co.uk] £187,000

1, Fayid Lane, LN4 2BX
[Haart] £164,950

Chestnut Close, LN4 2DJ
[William H Brown] £159,950

9, Wellhead Lane, LN4 2BW
[Pygott & Crone] £135,000

3, Wellhead Lane, LN4 2BW
[Starkey & Brown] £130,000

41, Wegberg Rd, LN4 2DB
[Starkey & Brown] £129,950

31, Wegberg Rd, LN4 2DB
[Turner, Evans, Stevens] £99,950 SSTC

Flat - 56, Khormaksar Drive, LN4 2DD
[Pygott & Crone] £77,500

Flat - Khormaksar Drive, LN4 2DD
[Newton Fallowell] £68,000

Saturday, 19 April 2014

Foodbank Cycle Challenge

More ladies needed for 100-mile Lincolnshire Foodbank Cycle Challenge

Managing director James Frost from Nocton said: "We’d love more ladies to get involved in the event this year..."


Wednesday, 16 April 2014

Metheringham Annual Village Meeting

The following email was received on 21st April 2014:
"Dear All,

PNF - Protect Nocton Fen.......No Wind Turbines
On Tuesday 29th April starting at 7pm Metheringham Parish Council have organised a debate on the Pros and Cons of wind power. The debate will take place in Metheringham village hall (see attached poster).
The key speakers will be James Pocklington and Councillor Colin Davie.
Colin Davie, before becoming a Councillor, was very helpful in supporting our opposition to the Wind Farm proposal on Nocton Fen in 2004.
The debate should be an informative and lively evening and we would like to ask for your support by attending the meeting and if possible also bring a friend along since we see this evening as an opportunity to gain more supporters for PNF.
In order to avoid any confusion the debate is on the same day as the Councillors Pre application Planning Forum meeting which takes place at NKDC council offices in the afternoon of that day.
Kind regards
Geoff Ward
On behalf of PNF Group"