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Council blows cold over farm wind turbine plans  

Credit:  Staff Reporter | Border Counties Advertizer | 19 February 2015 | www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk ~~

A wind turbine application has been refused due to the visual effect it would have on the landscape.

An application was put forward to Powys County Council’s planning committee for a single 225kw turbine to be erected on the hill of Allt Goch overlooking Llanfyllin.

At a planning meeting in Welshpool on Thursday, February 5, members refused the application, with arguments both for and against the turbine being put forward.

Resident Richard Lloyd, who spoke on behalf of a host of other residents in attendance, put across a host of arguments against the turbine, with the prominent one being the effect it would have on the local landscape.

He said: “There is strong opposition to the turbines, which if put in place, would be a complete eyesore for the whole of the area.

“It is placed on the top of Allt Goch hill and would be seen for miles, and also would be in direct line with the famous Lonely Tree.

“It would have an effect on the tourism in the town, with a host of footpaths running all through the area, as well as effecting the people living in the area the dwellings close to the site, and it would ruin the character of the landscape.”
Geraint Francis, of the farm which proposed to erect the turbine, argued that due to recent pressures on farming the turbine would be essential and would bring income to the local community.

He said: “I work on the farm with my parents and due to strains that have come in such as pricing and an increase in imports, farming is becoming harder to sustain.

“We believe it would offer financial stability and give a person a full time job, while being an excellent local educational resource.

“It would offer no noise impact, and it would sustain the farm for generations to come.”

Councillors John Evans and Bob Bills were two who were against the application, however Councillor Michael Williams was in support of renewable energy as a way forward.

Source:  Staff Reporter | Border Counties Advertizer | 19 February 2015 | www.bordercountiesadvertizer.co.uk

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