Controversial plans for a wind turbine are set to be rejected by councillors.
The 67m wind turbine at Moelfre Bach in Llanaelhaearn near Pwllheli has attracted criticism from environmental campaigners who claim the scheme will have an adverse effect on the landscape.
But Dr Carl Clowes, chair of the Antur Aelhaearn group behind the project, said the plans enjoyed widespread support.
A report to Gwynedd Council’s planning committee, meeting in Caernarfon today, recommends rejecting the application as officials believe erecting the turbine would have a “substantial detrimental impact on the open nature of the area and on the prominent and special views into, out of and across the AONB and the Llŷn and Bardsey Island Landscape of Outstanding Historical Interest”
“It is considered the turbine would unacceptably appear in views into, out of and across the AONB and thus it would not be possible to safeguard its character.
“In addition, there would be a significant detrimental impact on the setting of several scheduled ancient monuments in the area and possibly on archaeological remains.
“In terms of the panoramic views it would create an obvious and incongruous feature that would be harmful to the character of the landscape and the visual amenities of the area.
“The turbine would create a dominant feature in the landscape that would disrupt the character of this rural location,” the report added.
The report also notes the application attracted a large number of comments from the public.
During the summer these comments came under scrutiny amid concerns that some were made without the knowledge of their supposed authors.
In a bid to establish whether comments were submitted without the knowledge of those whose names appeared on them council officials took the rare step of writing to the hundreds of people who had apparently made representations.
Welsh Government ministers have been asked to call in the application and assess whether the proposed development should be subject to an Environmental Impact Assessment.
A direction has been issued by the Welsh Government which prevents the council from granting planning permission in today’s meeting.
This does not prevent the committee from continuing to process or consult on the application, or from refusing planning permission.
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