Community wind turbines rejected
12:02pm Friday 6th September 2013 in News
TWO wind turbines a community group hoped would generate thousands of pounds for the local area have been refused planning permission.
Cwm Arian Renewable Energy (CARE) submitted a planning application for two wind turbines, measuring 77metres to blade tip, at Trefawr near Llanfyrnach.
The plan was recommended for refusal because its height and location ‘would have a significant adverse impact on the character and visual amenity of the area’.
The officer’s report added that ‘the benefit of the scheme in terms of the production of renewable energy does not outweigh the harmful effects’.
The turbines were supported by Crymych Community Council but the representative sent to speak on its behalf, Cllr Bill Davies, owns the application site and was unable to take part.
Application agent Holly Cross said that the only statutory consultee to object was the National Park and that most visitors to the park would be looking away from the turbines at the mountain views.
“The Cwm Arian turbines would generate economical and social sustainability for generations to come,” she added.
The community-led CARE initiative received a grant of £400,000 to develop the plan for the Crymych and Clydau wards, using figures and research compiled by the Energy Savings Trust.
The research has analysed the potential benefits the scheme could bring over a 25 year period.
Speaking on behalf of objectors, Debbie Wise said: “There is no doubt in our minds that these turbines will have an adverse effect.”
The potential impact on tourism was highlighted by Ms Wise and the resulting impact on local businesses relying on tourism to survive.
Cllr David Pugh said: “I think the project is worthwhile but the size of the turbines is a concern.”
The application was refused.