Pembrokeshire turbine plans

First published in News

Three proposals for wind turbines in north Pembrokeshire are to be considered by the county’s planning committee today (Tuesday).

An application for a 250kw turbine at Sarnau, Cilrhedyn, Llanfyrnach looks set to get the thumbs up from planners, who were due to carry out a site inspection last week.

The structure would be 45.5 metres to the blade tip, and an officer’s report recommended approval subject to conditions, which included noise levels mitigation, an archaeological watching brief and a construction traffic management plan.

Five letters of objection were received by the council regarding the turbine, raising concerns including visual impact, noise, tourism, shadow flicker and the effect on property values.

The report states: “It is not considered that the landscape character would change with the addition of the proposed turbine. The area would still be one with the occasional wind turbine in it but they would not be a defining or key characteristic.”

Meanwhile plans for turbines in Llanychaer and Blaenffos have been recommended for refusal.

An officer’s report stated that a proposal for a 250kw turbine at Trebover Farm, Llanychaer, submitted by Abergwaun Community Turbine, would have a ‘significant adverse impact’ on the area, due to its size and location.

Letters of support, a petition signed by 100 people, and nearly 300 postcards in support of the application have been received by the planning department, highlighting the need to support the local community and economic development.

Letters of objection have also been sent to the department, along with 80 postcards of objection.

Pembrokeshire Coast National Park Authority has objected to the application, stating it would have adverse impact on areas above Cwm Gwaun, Dinas Head and around the trunk road east of Fishguard.

The report stated: “The proposed turbine would have a substantial impact on an area of high sensitivity.

“It has not been demonstrated that the proposal would protect or enhance the character and integrity of the Fishguard and Lower Town conservation area.”

It added: “The benefit of the scheme in terms of the production of renewable energy does not outweigh the harmful effects.

Plans for a turbine at Maesyderi, Blaenffos, which would be 54 metres high to the blade tip, also look set to be turned down.

Planning officers state the information submitted is ‘inadequate to demonstrate that the proposed wind turbine would not, either individually or cumulatively with other wind turbine development in the locality, have a significant adverse impact on the visual amenity and character of the area.”

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