Plans for a 150 feet high wind turbine that split the community of Llannefydd have been dropped.
More than 100 people – opponents and supporters – of the 50 Kilowatt scheme in Minffordd packed a public meeting about the proposed wind turbine in Llannefydd village hall on Thursday evening.
Observers felt opinion was divided roughly equally on the proposal.
But the applicants, dairy farmers Philip and Nia Davies, of Pentre Du Isaf, Cefn Meiriadog announced they would be withdrawing their planning application which is currently with Conwy County Borough Council.
Cllr Sue Lloyd-Williams said: “Mr and Mrs Davies announced they are withdrawing their planning application for a 50 KW wind turbine. They said that they would be looking at renewable energy in the future. They conducted themselves with great dignity.”
Despite the announcement, there was then a lively debate from residents both for and against wind turbine technology.
Cllr Lloyd-Williams added: “I would like to thank Philip and Nia (Davies) for the decision that they have come to, taking into account public views.
“I was fully aware that people in Llannefydd, which is a wonderful community, hold passionate views about maintaining the countryside and the effect of a wind turbine of this size in open countryside. They were talking about the size of it, the visual impact on the landscape and the effect on the value of house prices. We also do have to look at renewable energy.
“I would like to thank everybody who came to the meeting and I hope that the community of Llannefydd can move on from what has been a difficult and stressful time.”
Cllr Alun Jones, Llannefydd Community Council chairman, said he was glad that the meeting had been held.
“It gave people a chance to air their views on both sides,” he said.
“We are glad we had the meeting. It gave everyone a chance to air their views.”
Mr Davies, who keeps 190 milking cows on the Pentre Du Isaf farm they rent from the Sir Watkin Williams-Wynn estate, had said he wanted to find ways to become more efficient.
The father-of-four said then: “My annual electricity bill comes to £8,000 to £9,000 and any income we receive from the wind turbine would help off-set this cost.”
He added: “As farmers we are always being encouraged to be greener. We also need to find ways of becoming larger and more efficient if we are to stay in business.”
Cllr John Pitt, who lives two miles from the proposed site, said: “That looks like it’s one down but there are several more applicants’ wind farms in the pipeline. Let’s hope people power wins the day again.”
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