600 solar panels are planned for Battle of Winceby site


Six hundred solar energy panels could be built on part of the site of the Battle of Winceby.

East Lindsey District Council’s planning committee meets tomorrow (Thursday) to decide on an application for the panels on land adjoining High Barn Farm in Winceby.

The application has drawn criticism from residents and several organisations - including the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust, Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Services, The Battlefields Trust and the British Horse Society.

They raise a number of concerns, including the historic importance of the site and the location close to Snipe Dales Country Park.

An initial report by ELDC recommends the scheme should be approved - with conditions.

The panels would be in six rows, spaced four metres apart with each row 51 metres in length. They would be 2.5 metres high.

The Battlefields Trust points out the proposed site is most likely to be where Oliver Cromwell’s Parliamentary cavalry formed up prior to the Battle of Winceby in 1643.

Lincolnshire County Council’s Historic Environment Officer says a metal detecting survey uncovered several artefacts but none could be “confidently attributed” to the battle.

The British Horse Society is worried about the impact on an adjacent public right of way which forms part of the East Lindsey Trail.

The Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust calls for screening to prevent the panels being seen from Snipe Dales.

Residents claim the development would destroy the character of rural countryside but ELDC says the panels would be ‘acceptable’ and there would be no significant impact on the battle site.