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Appeal to Assembly over turbine plans  

The Assembly is being asked to step in over plans for six new wind turbines in south Carmarthenshire.

Councillors approved an application to build the turbines near an existing wind farm at Pendine last week.

Windfarm campaigner Caroline Evans, a co-ordinator for the protest group Carmarthenshire Against Rural Turbines, said they have demanded the Assembly call in the application.

She said: “I think this will have a massive impact on the landscape.”

She questioned how the planning department could say the development would not have an adverse effect on the landscape.

“They will be bigger than the current turbines, not necessarily taller but with larger blades.”

“I just don’t understand why they build them in such inappropriate places. Why aren’t they putting them along motorways?”

She said the Carmarthenshire and Pembrokeshire branches of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales have also lodged objections with the Assembly.

Developers Nuon Renewables were given the green light to develop the land at Parc Cynog Farm, Castle Lloyd Farm and Westmead Farm.

Planning officer David Poulter told the committee that there were already five turbines at the site and proposals for another six.

There was increased urgency on the part of the Government to generating energy from renewable sources.

Planning permission for the existing wind farm, now proposed to be extended, was granted on appeal in February 2000.

Officers recommended approval of the extension saying that the proposed development would make a significant contribution to generation of electricity from a renewable source and would not have an unacceptable environmental impact.

By Graem Wilkenson

Evening Post

25 July 2007

This article is the work of the source indicated. Any opinions expressed in it are not necessarily those of National Wind Watch.

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