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Wind farm ‘should not impact on fish industry’

The county’s fishing industry should not be affected by plans to build around 200 huge wind turbines out to sea in the Bristol Channel.

Planners in Carmarthen were asked about the possible impact from the development on the habits of sea trout and sewin.

Speaking at a meeting of the planning committee last Tuesday, Llansteffan councillor Daff Davies asked: “Will it affect the sea trout and sewin running into the rivers of west Wales?

“This is a very lucrative industry worth millions.”

He was assured that the environmental impact assessment for the proposed wind farm showed there would be no effect on fish.

Energy company RWE Npower Renewables wants to build between 188 and 278 wind turbines in a development called the Atlantic Array Offshore Wind Farm.

A report by Carmarthenshire’s planning department – which broadly welcomed the project – was agreed by the councillors at the meeting.

The county’s observations will now be passed on to the National Infrastructure Directorate, which will consider the development.

The report said the council agreed to the wind farm in principle but did raise concerns about the visual impact of the turbines and the effect on tourism.

If the project goes ahead, the turbines would, at its nearest point, be about 22 miles from the Carmarthenshire coast.

Councillor Hazel Evans, of Newcastle Emlyn, asked why the council did not object if it had concerns.

The planning committee was told that, despite its concerns, it was felt that overall the project was a good thing in creating renewable energy.

The project is still out for consultation. It is expected that RWE Npower Renewables will submit its final plans for consideration by the end of the year.