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Tuesday 21st February 2014

Happy New Year from Billingborough & Horbling Against Turbines (BHATS)!


It is with great pleasure, and considerable relief, that BHATS can announce that the proposed wind farm on land close to the villages of Billingborough and Horbling, appears to have been abandoned.


To be more precise, the Crown Estate, on whose land the wind farm was to have been built, has decided not to persue the scheme.  There has been no comment from E.On.


For all those who opposed this very large industrial development close to two very rural villages, this is very good news.  The exact reasons why the Crown Estate dropped the plan have not been made clear but it is likely to be a combination of organised local opposition, increasing anti-wind farm sentiment nationally, the large number of wind farms already in Lincolnshire, and South Kesteven District Council's planning policies which seek to limit the impact of wind turbines.


BHATS would like to thank all those who have given their support during the long process of opposition to this very unpopular and ill-considered proposal.


Best wishes for a happy and prosperous 2014; it's off to a good start.


Tuesday 2nd August 2012
Good News!  We have today received notification from South Kesteven District Council (SKDC) that the application to build 2 industrial wind turbines on Horbling Fen has been withdrawn.

BHATS would like to thank all those who took the time to write to SKDC expressing their concerns about this planning application.  It demonstrates that action by individuals really can make a difference.  We would also like to take the opportunity to thank the applicant for listening to the opinions of local people and withdrawing this unpopular proposal.  

Monday 16th July 2012
Update on Planning application S12/1066 for 2 industrial wind turbines on Horbling Fen
BHATS have today sent our representation to South Kesteven District Council regarding the above planning application.  We have objected on the following 3 grounds:
1. Impact of the turbines on a rare and historic landscape
2. Local Ecology
3. Noise
You can view our letter by clicking on the following link and we urge all concerned residents to send their own representations by email or post to the address below.
Representations on Application S12/1066 can be sent to:
Mr Philip Moore
Planning Officer (North Team)
Development Management
South kesteven District Council
Council Offices
St. Peter's Hill
NG31 6PZ

     Important Update!

Monday, 2nd July 2012
We have been advised that ANOTHER application has been made for a wind farm on Horbling Fen.. Please note this is in ADDITION to the much larger wind farm planned by E.on.  As yet no formal application has been made by E.On.
The new application is for two wind turbines on Horbling Fen.  There is a 21 day period for representations which began on 25th June 2012.  There are two Parish Council (PC) meetings THIS WEEK in Horbling and Billingborough as follows:

MONDAY 2nd July 2012 : Public Forum Section at 6.50pm
          Billingborough Parish Council Meeting
          Billingborough Primary School
THURSDAY 5th July 2012 at 7.30pm
          Horbling Parish Council 'Open Meeting'
          Horbling Meeting Room

The Billingborough PC meeting is a regular meeting at which the Horbling Fen turbine application is on the agenda.  Members of the public can raise any village issues at the Public Forum at 6.50 prior to the main meeting.  There is no public right to speak during the main meeting.  The Horbling PC meeting is a special public meeting called specifically to discuss the Horbling Fen turbine planning application.
Please attend either or both of the meetings if you are able to, and demonstrate your support for your villages.  Please feel free to forward this email to anyone you believe would like to be kept informed of these events.

The BHATS website will be kept up to date as quickly as possible but please contact us directly if you have any questions or any further information that you think might be of interest.
The application details are as follows:
Planning Application No:  S12/1066
Proposal:  2 x wind turbines (hub height 36.4m, blade diameter 19.2m & total ground to tip height 46m)
Location:  Land adjacent to the South Forty Foot Drain, Horbling Fen
Grid Ref:  E:  517060 / N:  334745
Type:       Full Planning Permission
The forms, plans and any other submitted documents can be viewed by clicking on the following link planningsearch/  and entering application code S12/1066

The following direct link should take you straight there:





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