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Turbine plans have residents in a spin

A planning application for a single 46m 50kw high wind turbine sited near Pen-y-Clawdd is blowing cold with some of the nearby residents.
Twenty-four online objections have been lodged and one in favour – NFU Cymru – to the proposal sited on land at the ‘Milking Folds’, Lower Pen y Clawdd Farm.
It is intended to reduce the mains electricity supplied to the farm while surpluses will be exported into the local distribution network.
Objectors claim the turbine will have significant audible and visual impact and is in close proximity to the historically significant site of Trecastle, a Grade II listed farm with a Motte and Bailey and next to Nanny’s Lane.
Residents concerned over the proposal met at the site last week to try to understand the visual impact on the immediate and surrounding area, and expressed concern over future developments along the same lines.
Some claim the application is misleading as the land in question is some distance from Lower Pen y Clawdd Farm while others believe it will damage the local tourist industry by destroying the peace and quiet of a beautiful and tranquil area.
However, NFU Cymru said: “A renewable energy project, such as the one proposed by our member Jeremy Bayliss, will contribute significantly towards Monmouthshire County Council’s duty to foster socio-economic development within the county as well as producing green energy.”
Raglan Community Council have asked for the plan to be deferred for 10 days so members are able to consider the views of residents.
The council were also set to hold an extraordinary meeting last night (Tuesday).
Objectors plan to present a petition to voice their concerns and will hold another meeting ‘on site’ tonight (Wednesday) at 8pm.