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
“I believe that the placement of wind turbines can have serious consequences for rural landscapes like ours. You will know also that I have been a big supporter of groups like STEMM. My personal view on wind farms has always been that genuine local opinion and constituents’ views should be heard when it comes to far-reaching planning decisions. We cannot have wind farms placed everywhere and anywhere and I can fully understand the concerns of communities like yours which are greatly affected by these sorts of developments,” she said.
Windpower Wales’ plans for 10 turbines of 110m (360ft) at its Llys Dymper wind farm in the Conwy Valley were given the thumbs down today by members of Conwy Council’s Planning Committee.
Planners at Conwy County Borough Council had said that the development, near Llanrwst, ‘was not considered to be acceptable in this location and would be contrary to national planning policy.’ Llys Dymper is around 5km OUTSIDE of a Strategic Search Area as identified in Welsh Government policy note TAN8 for large-scale onshore wind development. The planner’s report said the proposal is ‘contrary’ to the TAN8 objectives of concentrating developments within the SSAs and preventing turbines being ‘spread across the whole of a county.’ This is an interesting decision, too, for residents fighting Scottish Power Renewables’ scheme for 25, 145 (475ft) turbines on Mynydd Mynyllod, in the upper Dee Valley, which is also outside of the sites allocated for major wind farms.
Still on the subject of fighting the spread of wind turbines, Russell George, Assembly Member for Montgomeryshire, would like to hear your opinion on wind energy in your local area. He has put together a short survey (please click on the link) which you are invited to complete. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1gptodAx-Wejm9Z9U61zISSVWwv9YgIl2YhUy69CGRXU/viewform
And this is it…..The application now looks as though it will be submitted in Q2 (April/May/June) of 2014. The Senior Project Manager, James Innes, has stated that the delay is due to issues regarding the Grid Connection, and that SPR is unable to confirm the exact date for submission of the application. However, he did mention that by March 2014 he would be in a better position to provide the ‘anticipated submission date’.
The planning application at Bryn y Ffynnon, near Glanrafon, to erect two 113ft (34m) wind turbines close to the Caer Euni Iron Age hillfort and the neighbouring stone circles, has been withdrawn.
The hillfort is situated on the ridge that can be seen along the A494 Bala road, and the turbines, together with an access road, would have been visible from these scheduled ancient monuments. More information about the hill fort can be found in the piece below.
Meanwhile, there is no further information available from ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) regarding their plans to erect 25, 475ft (145m) wind turbines on the ridge and slopes of Mynydd Mynyllod. STEMM members have contacted the energy company on a number of occasion to request an update, given that the website states that consultation on the Draft Environmental Statement / Preliminary Environmental Information would take place in the Spring/Summer of this year, with the Submission of application for Development Consent Order taking place this winter 2013/14. The Government body that is responsible for examining planning applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects, National Infrastructure Planning (NIP), has also been contacted in a bid to clarify the situation, but neither SPR or NIP have responded or even acknowledged these requests.
As we know, SPR have already delayed the planning process on this massive wind farm scheme on several occasions, and they would appear to have no concern for the blight that the Upper Dee Valley continues to face while the threat of this major development hangs over local residents and businesses, many of which are tourist based.