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Conwy campaigners win Llys Dymper wind farm war

Campaigners have won their battle against a proposed £68m wind farm at a beauty spot.

Developers Wind Power Wales originally planned to build a wind farm of 18 turbines at Gwytherin near Llanrwst, but reduced the size of the Llys Dymper development to 10 turbines following fierce opposition.

Conwy council refused planning permission for the wind farm on May 15 last year, but Wind Power Wales appealed to the Planning Inspectorate.

Council chiefs have now been informed that the company’s appeal has been withdrawn.

Protesters argued the structures would ruin the landscape with politicians speaking out.

Phil Coombes of Llansannan, who objected to the development, said: “The people of Llansannan and Gwytherin are very relieved that this appeal application has been withdrawn.

“The thing that really killed it off was the objection from the Snowdonia Society and Snowdonia National Park.

“It would have been one of the few sites that would have been visible from the top of Snowdon. It would have ruined the wilderness effect.

“There are already wind turbines at Brenig and Clocaenog, and it would have sort of linked them together.

“We have to ask ourselves why people come to Wales. It isn’t to see wind turbines.”

In a letter to Mr Coombes, the Planning Inspectorate’s Director for Wales A Thickett wrote: “I would like to inform you that since you submitted your objection the appeal has been withdrawn and no further action will be taken on it by the Planning Inspectorate.”

At the time of going to print Wind Power Wales was unavailable for comment.

The company had argued that the scheme would be a £68m investment, and would create 15 full-time equivalent jobs and a £2.8m Community Investment Fund.

A statement on its website hailed the proposal’s “contribution to energy security” and its ”clean, natural, renewable and carbon-free source of energy”.

Wind Power Wales said the development would have generated 23mW of electricity.