Planners will study two controversial wind turbine proposals in the Snowdonia National Park today.
The schemes at Aberdyfi and Llanfihangel y Pennant near Tywyn will be discussed by the National Park Authority’s planning committee at Plas Tan y Bwlch.
Officers are recommending both schemes are refused planning permission.
An application has been received to put a single turbine on land near Aberdyfi.
The 9.8kw wind turbine would be placed on an 18m high lattice tower – a total height of 21.75m to the tip of the blade.
A separate application seeks permission to install a 20kw wind turbine on a 15m high pole – total height of 20.2m to the blade tip at Llanfihangel y Pennant near Tywyn.
In a report to the committee planning officials said the wind turbine at Aberdyfi would be located in rugged open countryside.
But agents for the applicant claims no neighbouring properties would be affected and the colour of dark admiralty grey combined with the galvanised steel tower and proximity of agricultural buildings would further reduce visual impact.
The report notes: “The proposed wind turbine will generate 100% of the total electrical energy consumption of the applicant’s premises which allows for a reduction in fuel bills and carbon footprint and excess generated will be exported back to grid, contributing towards the Government’s regional and national targets for the supply of electrical energy from sustainable resources.”
The site at Llanfihangel y Pennant is situated on a small rocky mound on the valley floor and is highly visible from the road which runs along the valley. It is close to the historic Castell y Bere and Craig yr Aderyn, an important breeding site for birds.
“The Community Council has raised concerns with regard to the location and size of the turbine. A letter has also been received from a nearby resident which raises concerns on the effect of the proposal on bat habitats in the area.
“CCW have raised objections on the ground the proposal is likely to have a significant adverse effect upon protected landscapes and the Dyffryn Dysynni Registered Landscape of Historic Interest,” the report.
Recommending refusal officials noted both proposals, by reason of their height would constitute a prominent and intrusive feature within the landscape, adversely impacting on the local landscape, character and visual amenities of the locality.
The applications are the latest to come before the planning committee. Previously the committee have been told by officials wind turbines should not be greater than 15m to blade height and not be within 100m of the nearest building.
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