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Visual impact fears sees Castlemorris wind turbine plan turned down

A wind turbine at Castlemorris was refused planning permission last week because it would cause a ‘significantly adverse impact on the character and visual amenity’ of the area.

The application for a 50kw wind turbine of 24.6metre hub height and 34.2metre to blade tip had been met with strong local opposition with 107 letters of objection received by the County Council as well as a 92 signature petition.

The turbine at Clegyrn Farm was refused at the planning and rights of way committee last week because of the turbine’s siting, height and the cumulative impact with an existing turbine was not acceptable.

Councillors were told that the 34 metre turbine was the smallest one on the market which would provide electricity for the dairy farm and the “livelihood of three families, nine generations of farmers” relied on making the farm more sustainable using renewable energy.

Objector John Hall said: “The proposal has generated considerable comment, mainly from those that live in the area but also regular visitors.

“The landscape in this part of north Pembrokeshire is largely open and unspoilt. It’s a quiet landscape particularly vulnerable to the uniquely disruptive effect of turbines.”

The committee unanimously agreed that the application be refused.