Extended Deadlines to Object to Llandrillo and Llandderfel Turbines.

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Gwynedd County Council announced at the end of last week that the consultation period for the plan to erect two 92.5m (303ft) wind turbines at Bodelith Isaf above Llandderfel has been extended until September 11.

These turbines would be higher than the three at Braich Ddu and would be clearly visible not only within the Upper Dee Valley, but also in Bala and from the Snowdonia National Park.  The application number is C14/0291/04/LL and you can find details of the scheme and make your comments online by copying and pasting this link into your web browser.  https://diogel.cyngor.gwynedd.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/wphappcriteria.display?langid=1

There is also still time to object to plans to erect a 48m (157ft) wind turbine at Tyfos, right on the ridge of Mynydd Mynyllod at one of the highest points looking out over Llandrillo.  From certain positions there would then be a line of turbines along the mountain taking in the two at Syrior and the three at Braich Ddu.  If the Bodelith and Tyfos schemes got the green light then there would be a total of eight turbines, of varying heights, pocking this once unspoilt skyline.

To see full details of the Tyfos scheme (planning reference 07/2015/0414)  you need to go to the Denbighshire County Council website (link below) and put the planning reference into the search engine.  You can object to the application there, too.  http://planning.denbighshire.gov.uk/Planning/lg/GFPlanningWelcome.page

More details of these schemes can be found in the articles below.  If you need any help or advice as to how to put together an objection then STEMM can be contacted through a private message on its Facebook page.  https://www.facebook.com/pages/STEMM/217154595034610

Two New Turbines Of Over 300ft Could Tower Above Llandderfel


sunsetAn amended plan for two 92.5m (303 ft) wind turbines on land near Bodelith Isaf, Llandderfel, is shortly to come before Gwynedd’s Planning Committee.  This is the third time that the developers, Pennant Walters Ltd., have reduced the height of the turbines, and it now means that anyone who has previously objected to the application, has to resubmit their comments.  There is still time to do so, either by letter or email (see details below) by August 17 giving the application number (C14/0291/04/LL) .

Although the turbines have been reduced in height they would still be higher than the three at Braich Ddu, which already dominate the Mynydd Mynyllod landscape.  There are also the two 46m (150ft) turbines at Syrior, Llandrillo, and another one in the planning pipeline at Tyfos, Llandrillo, of 48m (157ft).  If given the go ahead these eight turbines, of all different heights, would pockmark this mountain within the Upper Dee Valley, which is in clear view of the Snowdonia National Park.

STEMM had put together a leaflet (see below) in readiness for the application to come before Gwynedd, but then the developers, aware of the level of objections, decided to knock a few more metres off the turbines.  STEMM members will be distributing these leaflets in the next few days, together with an insert giving details of the latest situation.

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As usual, the planning system works against local residents, with developers being free to make constant amendments leaving objectors with little time to ensure that people have the opportunity to resubmit their comments.

As with the Tyfos wind turbine application the following can be used as a basis for objecting:

  • the cumulative visual impact of the proposed 92.5m turbines in relation to the existing turbines at Braich Ddu and Syrior, and the Tyfos one, which is in the planning process;
  • impact on local residents of noise and possible shadow flicker;
  • issues concerning access to the site and heavy vehicles needed for transportation of all the components;
  • impact on birds and bats;
  • possible impact on the many tourist based businesses in the area;
  • effect on the archaeology/historic environment.

In addition, this application also contravenes Gwynedd’s own Supplementary Planning Guidance for Onshore Wind Energy (link below), which states: ‘…. only proposals for small scale or community or domestic based wind turbine developments will be approved..’.  At over 92m (300ft) the Llandderfel turbines could hardly be considered as small scale or domestic, and this is a scheme put forward by a developer, and is not a community venture.  https://www.gwynedd.gov.uk/en/Council/Documents—Council/Strategies-and-policies/Environment-and-planning/Planning-policy/Unitary-Development-Plan/SPG-Onshore-Wind-Energy-June-2014.pdf

All the documents for this planning application can be found on the following, rather lengthy, Gwynedd Council link, and also there is an easy to complete comment form which will need completing if you wish to object.  https://diogel.cyngor.gwynedd.gov.uk/swiftlg/apas/run/WPHAPPDETAIL.DisplayUrl?theApnID=C14/0291/04/LL&theTabNo=3&backURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display?paSearchKey=492114%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%20%3E%20%3Ca%20href=%27wphappsearchres.displayResultsURL?ResultID=1455196%26StartIndex=1%26SortOrder=APNID%26DispResultsAs=WPHAPPSEARCHRES%26BackURL=%3Ca%20href=wphappcriteria.display?paSearchKey=492114%3ESearch%20Criteria%3C/a%3E%27%3ESearch%20Results%3C/a%3E

As soon as there is any information about either this application or the one a short distance away at Tyfos, then we will update the website.  It is also worth checking STEMM’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/STEMM/217154595034610?fref=ts

We’d also like to credit Pixellie for yet another stunning photograph of the Upper Dee Valley.

New Llandrillo Wind Turbine Threat to Mynydd Mynyllod

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An application that nearly slipped past STEMM is for a 48m (157ft) wind turbine right on the ridge of Mynydd Mynyllod at one of the highest points looking out over Llandrillo.

The application, from Tyfos of Llandrillo, was received by Denbighshire County Council on April 23, but did not appear in the council’s weekly emailed updates of planning applications.  The explanation for this, given by the Planning department, was that there had been a change to the codes allocated to applications and that this one was accidentally omitted.  Luckily it was spotted by a STEMM member who had been checking recent applications.

There is still time, however, to send in comments as it may not come before the Planning committee until September.  If given the go ahead this wind turbine would be the sixth on the mountain, with the three at Braich Ddu of 92m (302ft) and the two at Syrior of 46m (150ft).  There are also a further two being proposed at Bodelith, Llandderfel, which would stand at 92.5m (303ft).  If they were all approved this would bring the total to eight, and the cumulative impact of a range of turbines of different heights, located indiscriminately on the mountain, would have an adverse visual effect.

This is the Upper Dee Valley in the foothills of the SSSI Berwyns, with clear views to the Snowdonia National Park.  Already, when you arrive in Corwen having driven along the A5, the views open out and in all directions you can see industrial wind turbines.  The location of the Tyfos turbine would be within sight of those at Syrior and Braich Ddu and would be clearly visible for those travelling along the B4401.

The reference number for this application is 07/2015/0414 and you can make a comment online via this link:  http://planning.denbighshire.gov.uk/Planning/lg/GFPlanningSearch.page

It is a simple process, but, as we have not been given a firm date for the deadline for comments, it may be best to respond before the end of August.

Grounds for objection can include:

  • the cumulative visual impact of the proposed 48m turbine in relation to existing turbines and those in the planning process;

  • impact on local residents of noise, possible shadow flicker;

  • issues concerning access to the site and transportation of all the components;

  • impact on birdlife and bats;

  • possible impact on the many tourist based businesses in the area;

  • effect on the archaeology/historic environment etc