Con­cerns over wind tur­bines plan

South Wales Echo - - NEWS -

PEO­PLE have voiced their op­po­si­tion to two “eye­sore” wind tur­bines that could soon be built in the Rhondda and would be higher than Big Ben.

The plans would see two wind tur­bines with a max­i­mum height of 125m in­stalled at Ll­wynce­lyn Farm in Porth, with the plans set to be dis­cussed by Rhondda Cynon Taf coun­cil’s plan­ners this week.

It comes af­ter a pro­posal for a sin­gle tur­bine at the nearby Graig Fatha Farm in Coedely, near Tonyre­fail, was pushed through by the coun­cil last month.

But since be­ing made pub­lic, the plans, sub­mit­ted by Brid­gend-based Cenin Re­new­ables Ltd, have seen sig­nif­i­cant op­po­si­tion, with 34 let­ters rais­ing is­sues about its vis­ual im­pact, noise pol­lu­tion and that it will bring “no fi­nan­cial or en­vi­ron­men­tal ben­e­fit”.

But in its rea­sons for rec­om­men­da­tion, the re­port con­cludes: “Whilst a num­ber of ob­jec­tions have been re­ceived from res­i­dents who are op­posed to the scheme for a va­ri­ety of dif­fer­ent rea­sons, the ap­pli­ca­tion has been as­sessed in re­la­tion to its ef­fect on all rel­e­vant mat­ters in­clud­ing land­scape, vis­ual amenity and noise and it has been con­cluded that the pro­posed devel­op­ment with not caus­ing sig­nif­i­cant harm to ex­ist­ing ameni­ties.”

The plan­ning state­ment iden­ti­fies that the wind tur­bines would en­able the sup­ply of elec­tric­ity to an av­er­age of 2,280 homes, or 38% of the homes in Porth, which it is sug­gested, is “sig­nif­i­cant in both a lo­cal and na­tional con­text”.

The devel­op­ment is ex­pected to take four months, and, once erected, will have a 25-year op­er­a­tional life.

In re­sponse to the ini­tial con­sul­ta­tion, 24 let­ters of ob­jec­tion were sub­mit­ted, cit­ing more than 20 is­sues with the devel­op­ment. Af­ter a sec­ond con­sul­ta­tion, 10 fur­ther let­ters of ob­jec­tion were re­ceived, rais­ing con­cerns that “the vis­ual im­pact of tur­bines would tower over Ynyshir”.

But con­clud­ing the re­port and rec­om­mend­ing coun­cil­lors push the plans through sub­ject to a num­ber of con­di­tions, the re­port says the devel­op­ment can be “rea­son­ably ac­com­mo­dated” within the land­scape with­out harm.

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