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Wind turbine proliferation warning

Parts of northeast Pembrokeshire are in danger of being overrun with wind turbines, members of the county council’s planning and rights of way committee heard last week.

At the County Hall meeting members, hearing the fifth wind turbine application of the day, considered an application to site two 85 kilowatt wind turbines on land near Glogue Farm, Glogue.

The application, by Mr I Davies replaces previously-approved plans for two smaller 50 kilowatt turbines, granted in May 2014.

The latest application, recommended for conditional approval, saw a small increase in the turbines’ size.

Councillors heard Pembrokeshire Coast National Park was objecting to the application, County Hall receiving the Park’s concerns after a statutory cut-off time for responses.

Local member Rob Bowen said the application was well screened, moving an officer-amended recommendation. The application is subject to delegated approval, unless consideration of the national park’s objection leads to a different conclusion.

Councillor Keith Lewis supported the application, but warned the north had more than its fair share of turbines: “This is an area that is quickly becoming saturated; there isn’t any direction you can look in this corner of Pembrokeshire without seeing a plethora of wind turbines.”

His concern was echoed by Councillor Tony Brinsden: “I’m quite concerned, taking into account what Councillor Lewis has said about the number of turbines in the area. I was amazed by how many have popped up in the last nine months or so, it’s quite ridiculous really.”

He suggested the ‘Sandford Principle’ for managing protected landscapes be applied, adding: “If there are any doubts about the planning the landscape should take priority, if it’s visible from the national park or in close proximity.”

The application was supported by nine votes to four.