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Fog delays wind farm decision

Planning chiefs still haven’t the foggiest what to do about a controversial wind farm proposed for Neath’s main valleys.They won’t be able to see their way forward until later in the month after mist forced them to scrap a site visit.

Pennant Walters wants to build the 45 megawatt, 15-turbine wind farm at Maesgwyn, between Banwen and Glynneath, but local councillors fear it could be the first of many applications that will leave communities surrounded.

Neath Port Talbot planning chief Geoff White had recommended approval, as long as the scheme was reduced to 13 turbines.

But members agreed to inspect the site for themselves before making a final decision.

Glynneath town councillors have closely monitored the application and called a public meeting to gauge people’s views.

Councillor Horace Lewis, who is also a Neath Port Talbot member, updated them on the progress – or lack of it.

He said: “That site visit was due to take place this morning but it was decided there was no point having it because of the mist.

“It has been deferred again and October 26 is the next possible date.

“Weather permitting, there will be a site visit in the morning and then a discussion in the council chamber afterwards.”

Evening Post

17 October 2007