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Anger over wind farm decision

An environmentalist has accused councillors of rejecting plans for two new wind farms on "selfish" and "spurious" grounds. Denbighshire councillors turned down plans for 16 100-metre turbines on land to the east of Llyn Brenig, Nantglyn. They also threw out a separate application for 13 125-metre high turbines on land at Gorsedd Bran, Nantglyn. But Friends of the Earth Cymru's energy campaigner, Neil Crumpton, said the schemes would have helped in the global effort to cut carbon emissions and the authority's officials recommended the plans for approval.

Anenvironmentalist has accused councillors of rejecting plans for two new wind farms on "selfish" and "spurious" grounds.

Denbighshire councillors turned down plans for 16 100-metre turbines on land to the east of Llyn Brenig, Nantglyn.

They also threw out a separate application for 13 125-metre high turbines on land at Gorsedd Bran, Nantglyn.

But Friends of the Earth Cymru's energy campaigner, Neil Crumpton, said the schemes would have helped in the global effort to cut carbon emissions and the authority's officials recommended the plans for approval.

The plans would have involved cutting down a plantation of sitka spruce trees, which councillors and Environment Agency Wales said could have left nearby areas vulnerable to flooding.

Other objections from locals are that the plans harm the local landscape, creating noise pollution and will have a detrimental affect on house prices.

Mr Crumpton said, "The objections didn't add up to a string of beans.

"They were agreed at various levels of Government and approved by planning officers, but no matter who said what local people were opposed to them. It's selfish when you look at what our CO2... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

An environmentalist has accused councillors of rejecting plans for two new wind farms on "selfish" and "spurious" grounds.

Denbighshire councillors turned down plans for 16 100-metre turbines on land to the east of Llyn Brenig, Nantglyn.

They also threw out a separate application for 13 125-metre high turbines on land at Gorsedd Bran, Nantglyn.

But Friends of the Earth Cymru's energy campaigner, Neil Crumpton, said the schemes would have helped in the global effort to cut carbon emissions and the authority's officials recommended the plans for approval.

The plans would have involved cutting down a plantation of sitka spruce trees, which councillors and Environment Agency Wales said could have left nearby areas vulnerable to flooding.

Other objections from locals are that the plans harm the local landscape, creating noise pollution and will have a detrimental affect on house prices.

Mr Crumpton said, "The objections didn't add up to a string of beans.

"They were agreed at various levels of Government and approved by planning officers, but no matter who said what local people were opposed to them. It's selfish when you look at what our CO2 emissions are doing around the world.

But Conservative AM and shadow environment minister Darren Millar backed the councillors' decision.

"There was considerable local opposition to both plans and I am delighted that Denbighshire council has taken those views into account."

 


Source: http://icwales.icnetwork.co...

JAN 24 2008
https://www.windaction.org/posts/12942-anger-over-wind-farm-decision
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