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Concerns delay decision  

County planners have delayed a decision on a controversial wind farm at an Amman Valley beauty spot.

Eco2 of Cardiff, has applied to Carmarthenshire Council for planning permission to build 16 110-metre-high turbines on Mynydd y Betws, near Ammanford.

The application also includes an anemometer mast, electrical substation and control building, electrical connections and access roads.

Planning chiefs recommended that the wind farm be approved.

But county councillor for Glanaman, Colin Evans, called for a site visit when the application came up before the planning committee last Thursday.

The council has received 131 objections, of which 27 were local.

Betws, Cwmaman, Llandybie, and Betws community councils, have also objected to the application.

Neath Port Talbot County Borough Council has also objected as it would create a visual intrusion on local villages.

County Councillor for Betws John Dorian Evans said: he was “concerned about the difficulty of land restoration at the end of the project,” particularly about ground stability caused by old mine workings.

South Wales Evening Post

13 June 2007

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