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Residents ruffled by Sarn turbine  

Credit:  Naomi Penrose | 01 December 2013 | www.newsnorthwales.co.uk ~~

Angry residents have voiced their objections to a controversial 250ft wind turbine application in Sarn, near Newtown.

The proposed 500kw turbine, 77 metres in height, would be located at Sarn Poultry Farm on Wern Lane.

Owen Stanier is among those opposed to the application lodged by York Green Renewables on behalf of 2 Sisters Food Group.

Mr Stanier, who lives 575 metres away from the proposed turbine, said: “It will have a profound visual impact on an area of outstanding beauty.

“It will be of little or no benefit to the locality and its community.

“Any wealth it generates will go into the coffers of an international firm.

“It is far, far too close to two residential homes. The turbine will be massively overbearing upon these two residences and it is simply wrong to ruin the lives of ordinary decent folk in this way.”

Mr Stanier also said there had been “a total disregard for local residents”.

He said: “There has been no consultation at all, those living at neighbouring properties only found out about this application after receiving a letter from Powys County Council.”

On Tuesday evening, more than 60 residents came together to discuss the proposal and how best to raise their objections with Kerry Community Council, who met on Wednesday evening.

Another angry resident, Rosemary Westley, who lives the closest to the proposed turbine at 195 metres away, said she feels the application is “unfair”.

She said: “It really is unfair, if it was up a hill I would not be complaining but not only that, it’s the size of it! It’s eight metres taller than Westminster Abbey!”

Mrs Westley also added that wildlife is a concern in relation to this application as there are bats in the locality.

Mr Stanier added: “I’m going to ask the planning officer to make a deferral on this decision as an environmental impact survey is required and a bat survey is needed and that can only take place between April and September and of course there is no chance of that now!”

Prior to Wednesday night’s meeting of Kerry Community Council, Guy Manners-Spencer of York Green Renewables Group said: “We welcome local views and will be attending the Kerry Community Council meeting as part of our ongoing community engagement.

“Our client wishes to be a good neighbour as well as a good local employer and we look forward to our measured proposals for a single mid sized turbine to offset much of the site’s carbon footprint being adopted by the local authority, as further evidence of our clients commitment to the area and clean sustainable farming hereabouts.”

Source:  Naomi Penrose | 01 December 2013 | www.newsnorthwales.co.uk

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