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Protest on wind turbine plans to take place in Llangefni

A protest against three separate bids to erect wind turbines on Anglesey is set to take place today.

Campaigners will hold a demonstration on the doorstep of Anglesey Council’s HQ in Llangefni this afternoon ahead of a planning meeting which will decide the fate of the schemes.

Council planners have urged members of the committee to reject three long-running plans to build wind turbines up to 100 metres high, amid concerns the island is becoming “saturated” with the structures.

Paul Madden from the Anglesey Against Wind Turbines group, said members are set to demonstrate outside the council offices ahead of the meeting at 1pm.

The three schemes which will be considered

Planners are due decide on applications to erect turbines at Ysgellog and Llaneilian, both near Amlwch, as well as one at Bryn Eryr Uchaf near Menai Bridge.

The Ysgellog scheme is a bid to build to a wind turbine with a tip height of around 92.5 metres near two existing turbines the same size.

The applicant wants permission to operate the structures for 25 years.

After that they “would be removed and the land reinstated”, according to the application.

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.

It would also have an adverse impact on a grade 2 listed Boderwyd standing stone – considered an ancient monument – and on any “significant archaeological remains” in the area, according to Anglesey Council.

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.”

Another application set to be considered 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 near Amlwch is also recommended for refusal with officers saying it would be “harmful” to the landscape and located too close to nearby houses.