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Councillors vote down wind farm permission

Councillors in Conwy have voted to refuse planning permission for the development of a windfarm near Cerrigydrudion. Mwdwl Eithin, situated in the heart of the countryside, was the proposed site of a 12 turbine wind farm by developer Nuon, but at the last planning meeting county councillors decided not to grant the application. Their decision went against the recommendation of local authority planning officers, but represented the views of the majority of local residents. ..."Wind farms should only be developed when they are supported by local communities. "Everyone would agree for the need for more sustainable and renewable energy and wind power certainly has a role to play, but there must be sensitivity to the effects of wind farms on local communities and their impact on the countryside, particularly in relation to tourism."

Councillors in Conwy have voted to refuse planning permission for the development of a windfarm near Cerrigydrudion.

Mwdwl Eithin, situated in the heart of the countryside, was the proposed site of a 12 turbine wind farm by developer Nuon, but at the last planning meeting county councillors decided not to grant the application.

Their decision went against the recommendation of local authority planning officers, but represented the views of the majority of local residents.

Darren Millar, Welsh Assembly Member for Clwyd West, who is also Shadow Minister for the Environment and Planning, said: "This is great news for the countryside. I've received a number of complaints and objections about these proposals, and I'm pleased that councillors had the courage to say no despite the advice they were given.

"Wind farms should only be developed when they are supported by local communities.

"Everyone would agree for the need for more sustainable and renewable energy and wind power certainly has a role to play, but there must be sensitivity to the effects of wind farms on local communities and their impact on the countryside, particularly in relation to tourism."

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Councillors in Conwy have voted to refuse planning permission for the development of a windfarm near Cerrigydrudion.

Mwdwl Eithin, situated in the heart of the countryside, was the proposed site of a 12 turbine wind farm by developer Nuon, but at the last planning meeting county councillors decided not to grant the application.

Their decision went against the recommendation of local authority planning officers, but represented the views of the majority of local residents.

Darren Millar, Welsh Assembly Member for Clwyd West, who is also Shadow Minister for the Environment and Planning, said: "This is great news for the countryside. I've received a number of complaints and objections about these proposals, and I'm pleased that councillors had the courage to say no despite the advice they were given.

"Wind farms should only be developed when they are supported by local communities.

"Everyone would agree for the need for more sustainable and renewable energy and wind power certainly has a role to play, but there must be sensitivity to the effects of wind farms on local communities and their impact on the countryside, particularly in relation to tourism."

The wind farm developers say that they may now appeal the decision and Mr Millar is urging residents who are concerned about the issue to continue to lobby their elected representatives.


Source: http://www.denbighshirefree...

NOV 29 2007
https://www.windaction.org/posts/12148-councillors-vote-down-wind-farm-permission
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