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Long-running plans to build wind turbines up to 100 metres high on Anglesey look set to be blocked amid concerns the island is becoming “saturated” with the structures.
Planners are due to decide on one scheme, at Ysgellog in Rhosgoch near Amlwch, and one at Bryn Eryr Uchaf near Menai Bridge, at a meeting in early January.
The Ysgellog project is one of two turbines with a tip height of around 92.5 metres, near two existing turbines the same size.
The applicant wants permission to operate the turbines for 25 years. After that they “would be removed and the land reinstated”, according to the report going to the January 7 meeting.
But council planning officers say the development would “reinforce already significant landscape and visual effects in an area which is already considered to be saturated by wind turbine developments”.
The report adds that the development would have an “unacceptable” effect on levels of noise, which would affect nearby houses.
The proposed turbines would have an adverse impact on a grade 2 listed building, on the Boderwyd standing stone – considered an ancient monument – and on any “significant archaeological remains” in the area, says the report.
The other application set to be considered in January is for three turbines with a tip height of up to 81 metres at Bryn Eryr Uchaf.
The seven community councils consulted on the plans all objected to the application.
The report says the turbines would have “significant adverse landscape and visual effects”, including on the “nationally important” landscape of Snowdonia.
The application has been deferred by successive committee meetings throughout the last year.
A turbine of 17.8 metres at Pen y Gogarth in Llaneilian is also recommended for refusal at January’s meeting. Officers say it would be “harmful” to the landscape and is too close to nearby houses.
Paul Madden and Mairede Thomas, speaking on behalf of campaign group Anglesey Against Wind Turbines, said: “It is absolutely right that the council refuse these industrial turbine applications.
“If built, Bryn Eryr Uchaf would be a huge blot on the landscape, an incongruous industrial feature on the skyline, and massively out of scale with everything in this landscape, which forms the gateway onto the island.
“It would damage the island economically because of the negative impact on tourism and amenity.
“More turbines at Ysgellog would only add to the feeling residents have of being surrounded by wind turbines, which already blight their amenities and neighbouring landscapes.”
A spokesman for Airvolution, which is behind the Ysgellog project, said; “Our planning application will be determined by the local authority on the basis of its independent impacts and benefits and we’re confident that this is an appropriately sited wind energy project with valuable local benefits.”
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