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Controversial windfarm at Clocaenog Forest is approved by UK Government  

Credit:  Shane Brennan | News North Wales | 15 September 2014 | www.newsnorthwales.co.uk ~~

A controversial windfarm has been given the go ahead by the UK government.

The Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm was given permission by the planning inspectorate to start work on the project.

It will see 32 wind turbines erected in the Clocaenog forest near Ruthin.

The decision was made by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climat Change, Ed Davey.

In making his decision Mr Davey acknowledged that there some properties in the area would have a significant change to their views butt hat the in the public interest the project should go ahead.

There has been a campaign against the wind farm and there are more concerns about planned pylons to service the wind farm.

Anti windfarm campaigner, Mike Skuse, said: “”We all did our best, but I suppose we all knew in our hearts that we would lose in the end, because of the vast amounts of money supporting it.

“What could 20 people like us do against all those so-called experts?

“The really sad thing is that these whirling monsters won’t make any difference to climate change anyway. When your readers see these things on the skyline, they will at last understand what I have been banging on about all these years.”
Clwyd West AM Darren Millar has expressed disappointment that a proposed windfarm at Clocaenog Forest in Denbighshire has been given the green light.

RWE N Power Renewables Limited have been granted consent for the construction and operation of a windfarm to be situated in the forest, approximately 13km south of Denbigh and about 10km west of Ruthin.

The development will consist of up to 32 turbines on concrete foundations.
There was much objection from locals about the proposals
Darren said: “I’m bitterly disappointed that this development has been given a green light to proceed.

“There is a great deal of concern amongst my constituents regarding the impact of this development in the area and I believe wind farms should only be developed where they enjoy the support of the local community.

“The impact of the proposals also extends beyond local residents, to a large number of people from North Wales, North West England and beyond who use and enjoy the area as a recreational amenity.”

He added: “This decision is a direct consequence of the Welsh Labour Government’s flawed renewable energy planning policies, which are in need of urgent reform. Whilst we must increase the amount of electricity which is generated from renewable sources, this cannot be at any cost.”

Source:  Shane Brennan | News North Wales | 15 September 2014 | www.newsnorthwales.co.uk

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