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Opposition grows to wind farm plan

Opposition is blowing in the wind against plans for a new renewable energy site near Nantglyn.

Clwyd West Welsh Assembly Member Darren Millar has voiced his concerns over an application for a 16-turbine wind farm located near the village.

Denbighshire County Council has received an application for the site on land east of Llyn Brenig from Natural Power Consultants acting as agents for Brenig Wind Limited.

The proposed site is to the west of Tir Mostyn, a 25-turbine wind farm.

The £40 million development plan proposes to construct 100-metre high wind turbines on a land area that covers more than 200 hectares.

Nantglyn residents have raised concerns over more ‘noise pollution’ from a number of proposals for new renewable sites near the village.

“I have strong objections to the development of this wind farm. There is widespread opposition to it amongst local people who have seen their quality of life seriously affected by the noise nuisance from the existing Tir Mostyn wind farm,” said Mr Millar.

“The cumulative effect of what is effectively an extension to
the existing wind farm will devastate our landscape which is already recognised as having special historical value. This will undoubtedly deter some tourists from visiting our area and will result in a loss of income for our economy.”

He added: “I will be doing everything in my power to oppose these plans and urge anyone who shares this view to express their objection in writing to the Planning Department of Denbighshire County Council.”

Denbighshire County Council is carrying out consultations on the application, and is giving residents the opportunity to view and comment on it.

Copies of the application are available for inspection at Denbigh Library and at the Planning Office, Caledfryn, Smithfield Road, Denbigh.

Anyone wishing to comment on the application should write to the Planning Office at the above address, by no later than June 22, quoting reference 26/2007/0565/PF

Denbighshire Free Press

31 May 2007