Residents are celebrating after plans for 21 controversial wind turbines were refused by the Welsh Assembly planning inspector.
The decision brings to a close a lengthy campaign to block the construction of turbines at Bryn Llywelyn on Llanllwni Mountain.
RES UK and Ireland’s plans for the 127-metre turbines were initially refused by Carmarthenshire Council, but the company appealed to the Welsh Assembly. The appeal was turned down because of concerns over its effects on the surrounding communities and wildlife.
Jonathan Edwards MP said: “This is great day for local democracy and a testament to the hard work of local campaigners and Councillor Linda Evans who have coordinated a strong, united campaign to protect this wonderful asset. I call upon the Minister to accept the recommendation of the planning inspector and reject the planning application.
“Rhodri Glyn Thomas AM and I see absolutely no reason now for the proposed electricity pylons and connections to go to the Bryn Llywelyn site. We will be contacting Western Power Distribution requesting the connection proposals to the area are entirely removed from their plans.”
Residents had voiced concerns that the turbines would ruin local scenery. Walkers regularly visit the area to see the mountain and there were fears the dramatic landscape could be ruined.
Vivienne Kincaid, from New Inn, said: “This is good news for local people who enjoy the peace and far reaching views of Mynydd Llanllwni and Mynydd Rhosycorn, for the many visitors who come to do the same, for the hundreds of thousands of starlings who roost and the other birds who hunt and nest there, for the mammals, for the amphibians and the domestic animals that graze there.”
She added: “I would like to say thank you to all the people who helped the planning inspector and ultimately Carl Sargeant to make the right decision.”
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