Objection Deadline Extended AGAIN for Bodelith Turbines.

There has been yet another extension to the deadline for comments/objections to the scheme to erect two 377 ft (115m) high turbines at Bodelith Isaf – 78ft (24m) taller than those at Braich Ddu (see above). The deadline for objections is now Monday, June 2.

These turbines would lie between Bethel and Llandderfel, and would be clearly visible on the A494 between Corwen and Bala, adding to the impact of the three existing Braich Ddu turbines.

This second extension has come about thanks to a STEMM supporter putting pressure on Gwynedd County Council to add the missing viewpoint material to its online Track and Trace system.  Until then these pages, which include photomontages and computer generated ‘wireframes’, were only available to view if you visited Bala Library.  You can now access them via this link http://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=C14/0291/04/LL&theTabNo=3&backURL  You will need to scroll down the grey outlined Documents box until you get to sections starting with Figure 7 xxx pdf.

It is worth noting, too, that there are often issues regarding photomontages supplied by developers as they can be from not easily identifiable viewpoints; can have a lot of other vertical elements in the foreground of them, such as fence posts, telegraph poles etc which are confusing and are not how the turbines would be viewed in reality; and, insufficient contrast can sometimes be used, whereby the turbines have become almost invisible.  An additional point is that the photomontages do not give a sense of the cumulative visual impact of the Braich Ddu turbines and this new scheme, as there are points at which all the turbines would be seen simultaneously.

This area is often promoted as the gateway to the Snowdonia National Park.  However, if this scheme gets the go ahead, many residents and visitors could feel that the stunning views have been ruined by out-of-scale turbines which dominate this sensitive landscape.

Judicial Review held into Llandrillo Turbines

There is a good piece in this week’s issue of the Free Press (see above) about the two massive wind turbines (377ft) planned for Bodelith, near Llandderfel, and the Judicial Review (JR) which was held yesterday at Wrexham Court.
The JR is a bid by STEMM to challenge the way in which Denbighshire’s Planning Committee arrived at the decision to give two 46m (150ft) wind turbines at Syrior, near Llandrillo, the go ahead back in February, 2013.  This was despite strong opposition from over 100 local residents.
Yesterday, several STEMM supporters sat through the hours of fine legal points, and we all felt the barrister acting on behalf of STEMM did an excellent job.  We now await the judgement which could come through in a couple of weeks.  If we do win we hope it will send a clear signal to other farmers/landowners/developers that we will fight to keep this beautiful area free of these out-of-scale industrial structures.
The image below shows the scale of the proposed wind turbines at Syrior in relation to the historic Llandrillo Church.



Deadline Extended For Bodelith Comments.

STEMM has managed to get the deadline extended for objections to a scheme for two 377ft (115m) wind turbines at Bodelith Isaf, on the edge of Llandderfel, between Corwen and Bala.  Originally the deadline should have been today (May 1), just three weeks after the application was made public.  However, STEMM felt that there were still many local residents who were not aware of the plans and needed more time to look at the pages and pages of documents before deciding whether or not to object.  The new deadline is now Friday, May 23.

Most of these documents are available on line through this link to Gwynedd’s Track and Trace planning site, which is now up and running having been down for several days.  You can also add your comments in a box on this link.  http://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=C14%2F0291%2F04%2FLL&theTabNo=3&backURL

The documents are also available for people to look at in Bala Library.  Address: Bala Library, Llyfrgell Bro Tegid, Ysgol y Berwyn, Y Bala, LL23 7RU. Phone: (01678) 520014 The opening hours can be found on this link.  http://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/gwy_doc.asp?doc=23339&Language=1&p=1&c=1