A council’s decision to reject two wind farm applications has been welcomed by a rural campaign group and a local AM.
The vast majority of Denbighshire county councillors voted against Windpower Wales’ plans to build 16 100m tall turbines next to the current Tir Mostyn development near Llyn Brenig.
They also voted to turn down Tegni Cymru Cyf’s application to build 13 turbines, up to 125m tall, to the south west of Nantglyn’s village border.
If either company decides to appeal the decisions could yet be overturned by the Welsh Assembly, whose TAN 8 document has earmarked a large chunk of the Vale of Clwyd for wind farm development.
However, Denbighshire planning committee’s actions have been welcomed by members of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW).
CPRW director Peter Ogden said: “This decision marks a landmark victory for common sense and for those who have campaigned locally and nationally to prevent the uplands of Denbighshire and elsewhere in Wales from being further desecrated by those promoting industrial scale onshore wind proposals.
“We applaud Denbighshire councillors for the stance they are taking in saying enough is enough and for recognising as so many others now realise that these monstrosities represent a huge blot on the landscape and don’t achieve what they purport to do.
“We trust that all the other councils in Wales will follow Denbighshire lead and register their dissatisfaction with the approach that the Assembly is press ganging on local communities.”
The decision was also applauded by Clwyd West AM Darren Millar who said he shared residents’ and councillors’ concerns regarding possible issues relating to flooding.
He said: “I very much welcome this decision. It is something which I and my colleague David Jones MP have campaigned hard for.
“I share the concerns of many people about the risk of flooding, and the impact on tourism and wildlife had these developments gone ahead.
“There is still a chance that this decision could be challenged on appeal, which makes it all the more important those with concerns about the development continue to lobby their elected representatives.”
By Matt Sims
1 February 2008
Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW): cprw.org.uk
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