Plans for a giant wind turbine are set to be rejected.
The planned 45m wind turbine in Tanybryn, near Pwllheli would be bigger than the Marquess of Anglesey’s Column, towering 18 metres above it.
A report to Gwynedd Council’s planning committee recommends refusing the application as officials believe erecting the turbine, would have a detrimental impact on the historic character of the landscape and on views across the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
The report warns: “It is considered that the turbine, due to its scale and location on a plateau in an open and sensitive area would have a detrimental impact on the historic character of the landscape and on views inward, outward and across the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and on the Landscape Conservation Area and Llŷn and Bardsey Registered Historic Landscape designations.
“The proposals would cause unacceptable disturbance and damage to bats – which are a protected species along with their habitat – by fragmenting the landscape features which create a linear habitat for flying bats.”
Mr Williams is the applicant proposing to install the wind turbine at his 51 acres farm in Tanybryn, Rhydyclafdy.
Roger Parry & Partners, acting for the applicants, said the overall objective of the proposed development was to support the continued viability of the farm at Tanybryn, Rhydyclafdy.
“It also aims to provide electricity to offset the energy use of Tan-y-Bryn, to reduce the overall carbon footprint of the farm through directly offsetting energy usage and to promote the use of renewable energy generation in the area and contribute toachieving National and Regional renewable energy targets,” the design and access statement reads.
The design and access statement adds that it is considered the proposed development would be acceptable with regard to the potential effects on landscape character and visual amenity.
The wind turbine is 30.5m to the hub and 45m to the tip of the blade.
The plans will go before planners at a meeting in Pwllheli on Monday.
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