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Wind turbine bid turned down by Newport planners  

Credit:  By Hayley Mills, Reporter | South Wales Argus | 4 February 2015 | www.southwalesargus.co.uk ~~

A proposal for a wind turbine in Bishton was turned down today due to its “visual impact” on nearby residents.

Newport City Council’s planning committee were asked to vote on the proposal yesterday, but they rejected it due to its visual intrusion on nearby homes.

The turbine, measuring up to 77 metres in height, at Castle Farm on Bishton Road was recommended by council officers for approval and would have provided enough electricity for 585 homes.

The application was for a single three bladed 900Kw wind turbine to be located on a hill to the east of Craig-y-Perthi Wood.

Bishton community councillor, Robert Hepworth spoke during the meeting.

He said that community councillors voted “unanimously against it” adding “it’s too high and too close to the village”.

Speaking on behalf of the applicant, Jonathan Kearsley, said the application was “only for a single turbine” and that it was “far enough away from residents”.

Other concerns raised were about noise, and council officers said that it would be no louder than the current noise level in the area.

But cllr Val Delahaye pointed out that it may not be louder with “it will be in addition to”.

The turbine would have generated 2,332 MWh per year of electricity and would have a lifespan of 25 years.

Being only 500 metres away from Bishton Castle, Cadw say the impact of the proposed turbine and its setting would have been adverse but not considered to be significant due to the “intervening topography, vegetation and existing building”.

The historic environment service to the Welsh Government added the 77m tall turbine will be a dominating feature above the site of the castle, which is owned by the Bishop of Llandaff.

Gwent Wildlife Trust said the turbine would be unlikely to affect the woodland but a buffer should be put in place to protect the woodland edge during construction.

The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, Newport and Valleys branch, objected to the turbine as it would “dominate the village of Bishton”, it does not represent “appropriate farm diversification” and the turbine could cause nuisance to residents due to noise.

Neighbours were also invited to comment on the proposal with five sending in comments in favour and 14 against.

Planning officers did acknowledge “the visual harm identified in the proposal to the occupiers of Bishton” but “it is not considered that this harm is sufficiently great to outweigh the benefits of the scheme in terms of low carbon electricity generation” and therefore recommended it for approval.

Source:  By Hayley Mills, Reporter | South Wales Argus | 4 February 2015 | www.southwalesargus.co.uk

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