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