Controversial plans for two 150ft wind turbines at a beauty spot were given the go-ahead despite fierce opposition.
Protesters gathered outside Ruthin’s County Hall yesterday to object to the proposals earmarked for land at Syrior, Llandrillo, in the Dee Valley.
Members of STEMM (Stop The Exploitation of Mynydd Mynyllod) last night said they were “disappointed” by the 14-12 decision by Denbighshire Council’s planning committee, but will continue to fight on.
The group is concerned that the size of the turbines from base to blade tip makes them 40ft higher than the spire of Llandrillo Church, and would have an “adverse visual impact on the setting of the protected landscape.”
Speaking after the meeting yesterday, chair of STEMM, Andrew Jedwell said: “We are very disappointed that the councillors chose by such a narrow margin to ignore the carefully reasoned recommendation from their officers, and other organisations, that the application should be rejected.
“We share their concern that Denbighshire has no coherent strategy to avoid these wind factories becoming an industrialisation of our beautiful landscape… we remain convinced that the Syrior application is of a scale that goes way beyond what might legitimately be seen as farm diversification.”
He added: “We will be talking to our advisers to see what our next steps will be, we do not regard this matter as settled.”
The Syrior location is near the proposed Mynydd Mynyllod windfarm, where ScottishPower hopes to build 25 turbines.
The STEMM Facebook page, set up to fight the proposals states: “It became clear that hundreds of people living in the communities in and around the Upper Dee Valley would suffer as a result of the proposed wind factory and we felt strongly that a stand had to be taken. Many may feel that this is something of a David and Goliath battle as the developers appear to hold all the cards. However, you only have to look at the countryside that we are so fortunate to live in to appreciate why we hope to defend it…
“Visitors come to this area in their thousands each year to enjoy these unspoilt views and the peace and quiet that Mynydd Mynyllod currently offers. STEMM feels that this will vanish should this scheme be given the go-ahead.”
Developments planned for Maes Y Droell and Ffridd Fawr were refused yesterday.
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