September 26, 2013

Llanfynydd councillor’s warning over village wind turbine plan

26 September 2013 | The Leader | Published by: Charlie Croasdale |

Plans for a 77 metre wind turbine in a village on the Flintshire-Wrexham border could open the floodgates for more turbines in the area, a councillor has warned.

Llanfynydd councillor Hilary Isherwood is urging council planners to turn down the single turbine bid, which has been earmarked for land Mount Farm site in Llanfynydd.

The turbine would have rotary blades measuring 27 metres and is expected to generate renewable energy for 270 homes for up to 25 years.

But the proposed site is close to an official area of outstanding natural beauty and Cllr Isherwood fears giving the application the green light could set a precedent for “many more” turbines in the future.

“It has happened elsewhere that one turbine leads to others being built alongside it,” she said.

“If it was granted, where will it end?

“I know some residents will say it is not going to bother them but once it’s there, it’s there, and then it sets a precedent. There is no place for a turbine in this area.”

Flintshire Council is currently considering the planning application from Nant y Ffrith Wind Energy Ltd, a sub-company of West Coast Energy Ltd.

A decision is due to be made after the consultation period, on October 14.

Construction vehicles would use the A5104 and B5101 during the turbine build.

Residents argue that would mean HGVs carrying up to 44 tonnes of stone, concrete and steel passing through the villages of Llanfynydd, Treuddyn, Minera and Coedpoeth having come off the A483 bypass.

Nant y Ffrith Wind Energy Ltd said they would be talking to a range of authorities during the consultation period including the Welsh Assembly, Flintshire Council and Airbus, as the proposed site is below an Airbus flight path.

Penyffordd resident Colin Hughes, who walks his dogs in the Llanfynydd area on a daily basis, said: “They have positioned it so it is outside the protected area, but it will be a carbuncle on the landscape. People need to make their feelings known because otherwise it will pass through planning without any objections.

“It is a lovely valley but I fear the noise from the turbine will upset the wildlife patterns here. There is a rich history to this area and it is packed with wildlife in the woodland.”

Mr Hughes said he anticipates the wind turbine will stand as tall as the peak of Pen Llan y Gwr, a mountain in nearby Bwlchgwyn.

However, a number of local residents say they are in favour of the plans.

Ann Whitby, of Ty Draw Farm, close to the proposed site, said: “We’ve no real problem with a turbine, I don’t think it will be too noisy and the Mount Farm owner is a good guy – he wouldn’t be doing this if it wasn’t going to be of benefit to the area.

It’s in a bit of a dip so it shouldn’t be too visible.”

Former Flintshire councillor Lesley Courtney, a Llanfynydd resident of 11 years, said: “If there’s only one, I’m in favour. We need to strike a balance between preserving our beautiful landscape and creating renewable energy.”

Asked about the possibility of HGVs – carrying 27 metre long propellers – passing through the village, resident Ros Lane said: “It wouldn’t be too much of a problem if it is only for a short period while it’s being built. I’m in favour of wind power so it wouldn’t concern us here.”

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