Huge turbines more than half as tall as the Statue of Liberty will be installed on Anglesey after plans to “re-power” a wind farm were approved.
Eleven new turbines – some up to 79 metres high – will be built at the Rhyd-y-Groes wind farm near Rhosgoch.
The structures will replace the 24, 46 metre turbines currently on-site and were approved with several conditions at a planning meeting in Llangefni today – despite objections from people in Cemaes Bay.
Roger Dobson, who spoke against the application, said: “There are four reasons why I object to this development.
“Visual impact, noise upon people, safety and the context of other energy development.
“Tourists are so important to our Island economy, they visit Anglesey for its unique beauty not its wind turbines.
“The whole of Cemaes is affected by existing turbines and this would likely be worse by bigger turbines.”
He added that Cemaes and the surrounding area supported Wylfa nuclear plant and said they had done “more than their fair share supporting low-carbon energy”.
Ffion Edwards, who works for Natural Power and spoke in favour of the scheme, said: “Through consultation it was decided to change (the original) plan and remove two turbines and the height of one was also decreased.
“The plan goes with policy which encourages re-powering of wind farms.
“The plan also includes a habitat protection plan and promotes local economy by investing and creating new jobs.”
Cllr Victor Hughes said he had heard old turbines would be phased out gradually.
Ms Edwards said: “This application includes decommissioning of current wind farm, there will be a phased approach.”
Paul Madden of Anglesey Against Wind Turbines, said: “The new turbines will be very much higher than the existing turbines, which are currently 46 metres to tip in height.
“The new turbines comprise of six 79 metre turbines, three 70 metre turbines and two 66 metre turbines.
“Among the conditions, is that the developers have up to 18 months to decommission the existing wind farm.
“That means we could have the scenario of the existing wind farm of 24 turbines having not been dismantled before the 11 new turbines have been constructed, making a total of 35 turbines altogether.”
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