Council vows to resist new wind farm plans in Lincolnshire
A pledge to stop the "unrestrained invasion" of wind turbines across the county has been made by council bosses.
Lincolnshire County Council's executive has moved to resist new wind farm developments.
Leader Martin Hill said if the council did not "stand for what was right", no one else would.
It means green firms will now face intense opposition from council bosses after it pledged to allocate whatever resources are required to uphold its position.
Planning decisions will remain with district authorities but Lincolnshire County Council says it has a duty to make a stand.
In a statement, the council said it intended to "call a halt to the unrestrained invasion of wind turbines across Lincolnshire".
Its executive committee agreed the plans at a meeting on Wednesday, June 6.
Mr Hill said: "There's been a proliferation of wind farms across Lincolnshire in recent years. We feel that enough is enough.
"Although we understand the need for alternative energy and are not opposed to all wind farms, we remain unconvinced by the questionable science behind them."
Mr Hill said turbines were damaging the landscape and tourism industry.
Under the proposals, large wind farms, which can be more than 100 metres high, would not be allowed within 2km of people's homes.
Turbines will also be resisted if they are within 10km of a village that has more than ten properties.
Areas such as the Wolds will have added protection and more emphasis will be put on the visual impact of developments.
Smaller wind turbines, such as seen on farms, have more support from the council.
There are currently 74 on-shore wind turbines in Lincolnshire and hundreds more in the planning process, according to the authority.
During the executive meeting Mr Hill said: "If we don't stand for what is right for our wonderful county I don't think anybody else will be able to.
"These are very reasonable proposals."
Executive member Lewis Strange said he hoped there would be no more large wind farms built in Lincolnshire.
"We have already had our share in the county," he said.
The MP for Lincoln, Karl McCartney, welcomed the announcement.
He said: "I strongly feel that the Government should either freeze or decrease the number of wind farms planned for the UK, especially those sited on our green and pleasant land."
Councillors believe Government subsidies for the wind power development are encouraging firms to flood the county with planning applications. They also say the technology is inefficient.
Melvin Grosvenor is chairman of Croft Windfarm Action Group, which helps communities in their fight against wind developments.
He said: "I'm really delighted that at long last we have got the first county council in the country actually showing real concern for its countryside."
Sally Horscroft, a member of the Lincoln Greenpeace group, said she was disappointed at the council's stance.
"I think a blanket ban would be inappropriate," she said.
"Each case should be considered on its merits.
"It depends on how many, where they are and how tall they are.
"Wind energy still has a large part to play in our country."