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Residents jubilant as Valleys windfarm refused

The Planning Inspectorate Wales rejected Pennant Wind Energy Ventures Ltd's appeal against Blaenau Gwent council's decision to refuse planning permission for four 328-foot high turbines on Mynydd James between Blaina and Cwmtillery.

Protestorsagainst a proposed windfarm development in the Valleys said they were "over the moon" last night after an appeal to allow the development to go ahead was dismissed.

The Planning Inspectorate Wales rejected Pennant Wind Energy Ventures Ltd's appeal against Blaenau Gwent council's decision to refuse planning permission for four 328-foot high turbines on Mynydd James between Blaina and Cwmtillery.

Residents responded to the plans by forming Save Coity and Mynydd James (SCAM), consisting of more than 100 residents and backed by Nantyglo and Blaina Commoners Association.

The two groups raised 9,000 to fund environmental expert Geoff Sinclair to represent them in an eight-day planning inquiry held in April and May.

Blaenau Gwent council had estimated that a two-day hearing would have cost it around 100,000.

SCAM member Derek Jones, whose Blaentillery Farm is just 500 metres from the proposed development site, said: "I'm over the moon, it would have drastically affected us. If an old man could do somersaults, I'd have been doing them."

SCAM was concerned about the windfarm's effect on the landscape, the impact noise would have on local residents and... more [truncated due to possible copyright]  

Protestors against a proposed windfarm development in the Valleys said they were "over the moon" last night after an appeal to allow the development to go ahead was dismissed.

The Planning Inspectorate Wales rejected Pennant Wind Energy Ventures Ltd's appeal against Blaenau Gwent council's decision to refuse planning permission for four 328-foot high turbines on Mynydd James between Blaina and Cwmtillery.

Residents responded to the plans by forming Save Coity and Mynydd James (SCAM), consisting of more than 100 residents and backed by Nantyglo and Blaina Commoners Association.

The two groups raised £9,000 to fund environmental expert Geoff Sinclair to represent them in an eight-day planning inquiry held in April and May.

Blaenau Gwent council had estimated that a two-day hearing would have cost it around £100,000.

SCAM member Derek Jones, whose Blaentillery Farm is just 500 metres from the proposed development site, said: "I'm over the moon, it would have drastically affected us. If an old man could do somersaults, I'd have been doing them."

SCAM was concerned about the windfarm's effect on the landscape, the impact noise would have on local residents and its effect on ground stability.

In November 2008, a special meeting of the council's planning committee unanimously rejected the plans.

This went against the recommendations of its own planning officers, who proposed approving them in principle and referring it to the Assembly for a final decision, so developers appealed the decision.

Pennant Wind Energy Ventures Ltd, which worked on the project with Eco2 Ltd, said the windfarm would have brought £2 million worth of local construction contracts and £500,000 for community trust funds.

Chief executive of Eco2, David Williams, said the turbines would have saved more than 11,500 tonnes of CO2 emissions over their 25-year lifetime and met over 40 percent of the area's renewable energy targets by generating 5.2 mega watts of electricity.

Mr Williams added: "It is hugely disappointing that our project has been refused."


Source: http://www.southwalesargus....

JUL 7 2010
https://www.windaction.org/posts/27093-residents-jubilant-as-valleys-windfarm-refused
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