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Appeal Decision – Gorsedd Bran, Nantglyn, Wales

by Stuart B Wild, MRTPI MCIM,
an Inspector appointed by the Welsh Ministers,
18/11/09

The development proposed is the construction of 13 wind turbine generators (up to 125m in overall height) c/w electrical control room & compound area, new & improved access tracks, underground cabling, 80m anemometry mast, ancillary works and equipment; temporary construction works; new vehicular access from the minor county road; removal of conifer forest.

Decision: I dismiss the appeal.

Main issues: I consider that the main issues in this case are the visual effects of the proposal, both within the locality and from more distant views such as from the Clwydian Range Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB); and the effects of noise on the amenity of residents within the locality.

Overall Conclusions: I conclude that this proposal would be in serious conflict with the appropriate UDP policy. The benefits of the provision of renewable energy would not outweigh the harm I have identified. The imposition of conditions would not overcome these strong planning objections. Therefore, for the reasons given above, I conclude that the appeal should be dismissed.

[Importantly, as the developer had noted [1], “The site is in Area A of the Strategic Search Area (SSA) as designated by the Welsh Assembly Government (WAG) in Technical Advice Note 8 (TAN 8). Gorsedd Bran also sits within the refined area as designated by the joint Denbighshire/Conwy County Council Interim Planning Guidance (IPG). Despite being within a designated wind farm development zone and contrary to the recommendation of Council Planning Officers the scheme has been refused planning consent.”]

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