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Villagers fear noise from wind farm plan  

Village residents could be faced with a gale of noise pollution if plans for a new windfarm are recommended.

Llanrhaeadr county councillor Paul Marfleet claimed Nantglyn residents are becoming increasingly concerned over plans for a new windfarm near the village.

Denbighshire County Council has received an application for a 16 turbine windfarm, immediately to the west of the existing 25 turbine Tir Mostyn site.

The application has been submitted by Natural Power Consultants Ltd, acting as agents for Brenig Wind Limited.

Land around Nantglyn is designated for wind energy development in the Welsh Assembly’s TAN8 renewable document.

But residents are becoming concerned over a ‘possible’ increase in noise if the site and two other new areas are developed around the village.

Even those who are not too adversely impacted by the current Tir Mostyn site are concerned about the potential cumulative impact of three developments on two sides of the village. The noise from all three could tip the balance from being acceptable to unacceptable,” Cllr Marfleet explained.

“Of great concern is that once they are built, it will be extremely difficult to get any individual developer to accept responsibility. They will all say that their site, in isolation, is within the limits.

Cllr Marfleet added: “A few months ago there was a high
court challenge in Norfolk at a wind farm site at Shipdham that challenged a Planning Inspectors decision to grant approval on the basis that noise conditions applied to the planning permission, were unreasonable, imprecise and unenforceable. As a result of bringing this action, the planning permission was quashed and sent back to the Planning Inspectorate for redetermination. It is still ongoing. These were for just one developer. With three adjacent sites, this could become quite an issue for Nantglyn.”

Denbighshire County Council is carrying out consultations on the application.

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, no later than the June 22, quoting reference 26/2007/0565/PF.

Denbighshire Free Press

14 June 2007

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