Lampeter Town Council has raised concerns over a proposed wind turbine in neighbouring Llangybi, worried that the granting of the application could “herald a precedent” for further turbines.
Councillors called for their thoughts to be sent to Ceredigion’s planning department over the plans to build a 50kw turbine at Gwarffynnon, Silian.
“Although the application is not within the town council’s remit, we believe that the development will affect the Lampeter ward,” a letter written by Clerk Eleri Thomas at the request of councillors said.
“Members are concerned about the visual impact of this development and, if allowed, could herald a precedent for wind turbines in this area. “The wind turbine will be positioned in close proximity to the Falcondale Lake. “This lake is an important habitat for wildlife and an important part of Lampeter’s cultural and natural heritage, for example rare birds of prey.
“Disturbing the feeding and breeding areas of these creatures is illegal. “It will be also be close to the habitats of bats, owls, red kites, other birds of prey, slow worms, other creatures and directly in line with a flight path used by geese. “The trees and hedges close to the turbine site are important to the landscape character.”
The letter also raises concerns over inaccuracies in the application, including at some points using millimitres instead of metres.
Local residents and neighbours have also expressed concerns over the application – with many complaining that those close-by had not been consulted over the plans until a few days before the closing date for submissions.
In a letter of protest over the application, resident Owen Barnicoat said: “A turbine on this site would clearly impact on people living nearby.
“This special landscape has been enjoyed by many generations, and should be enjoyed by many more.
“Aside from the human aspect, it is critically important that Ceredigion County Council is shown to be standing up for the wonderful wildlife we are so lucky to share this precious countryside with.”
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