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July 21st, 2010)
y Gwair wind farm, North Swansea
July 16, 2010 - Timetable for Public Inquiry
Public Inquiry runs from Tuesday to Friday each week from the 20th
of July 2010, and starts at 9:30am each day.It is being held at The Dylan
Thomas Centre, 1 Somerset Place , Swansea (After Sainsbury’s, follow
sign’s to Dylan Thomas Centre – Parking is pay and display behind)
Anyone can attend the inquiry, and anyone
who wishes to speak at the inquiry and hasn’t already requested to do so can
make their request known by attending the Inquiry on the first day (20th
July) when the Inquiry opens. We
respectfully ask if any of our loyal supporters could join us at the inquiry
on any days possible (at any time during the day), ideally when SOCME
witnesses are giving evidence. We look forward to seeing you at the
Inquiry and let’s hope we are successful. Click
here to download the timetable.
thanks once again for your continued support. Yours
Sincerely, D Glyn Morgan, SOCME
Update January, 2010
January 21st was a good day for
local democracy, as City and County of Swansea Councillors debated and rejected
planning application 2008/1781, which seeks planning permission to erect 19
industrial wind turbines on Mynydd y Gwair, a beautiful unenclosed common that
visually links the Gower AONB with the Brecon Beacons.
For details see SOCME
website and an article in the Western
Mail, 18 January 2010 by Robin Turner, for the full article
firm Npower Renewables wants to establish a 19 turbine "wind farm" at
Mynydd y Gwair.
A total of 1,602 letters and a 1,030-signature petition have been received
by Swansea council against the scheme. The company wants to establish the wind
farm on Duke of Beaufort-owned land at Mynydd y Gwair in the lower Swansea
Valley claiming it can power 28,000 homes a year with clean energy.
The turbines, at 416ft high, will be almost as tall as the London Eye, bigger
than Big Ben and bigger than Wales’ highest residential building, the Swansea
Marina Meridian Quay Tower. The plan has proved hugely controversial
particularly as an environmental impact assessment has made it clear it will
affect red kite, golden plover and bat populations in the area. Swansea’s Civic Society says of the idea: “It is like creating another Port
Talbot where an industrial site will be built in an area of natural beauty,
something that would not be tolerated in a place like Surrey.”
A long list of objectors includes Gower MP Martin Caton and local AMs Edwina
Hart, Dai Lloyd and Nick Bourne. Others against the scheme are the Gower Society
which says the wind farm will “utterly destroy” the tranquility of Mynydd y
Gwair Common and devastate CO2-retaining peat beds and be visible from Gower and
the Brecon Beacons. In
July 2009 it was reported that the application soon to be considered
has not had any wind statistics from any anemometers as no fewer
than FIVE large monitoring masts were destroyed in succession in the hours of
darkness by direct action - such is the local community hostility to the scheme.
Npower has been forced to submit Wind Resource Assessments from a “Wind Atlas”.
wind farm extension
The application to
expand the existing wind farms has received approval by the Carmarthenshire
In July 2009 a local resident sent this email:
might be interested to know that the Parc Cynog extension is finally going
ahead. This spring we’ve had innumerable lorry loads of concrete trundle
across the hill above us (more than a dozen on one day alone! So much
for energy saving?) and last week the first turbine turned up and was erected
immediately. Attached is a photo to show how it sits above us. You
can see the crane and the base of the turbine that is between us and our view
of the Gower. The blades are now attached and turning, albeit very
are preparing a plan for Airtricity consisting of 106 turbines (140m high) in a
hilly area between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth (TAN8 SSA D). Some turbines would
be within 1km of homes in the area. An action group is being formed - see www.windfarmvictims.org.uk
. Click here to download a map of the area with the proposed turbine locations
marked out. Zoom on the map to 150% to see the details.
have website pages devoted to this project. Click
here to see the site.
(Mynydd y Betws) wind farm
June 2009 - Plans to build 15 wind turbines have been given
the go-ahead by the Welsh Assembly Environment Minister Jane Davidson.
The council say the Mynydd y Betws wind farm will generate
jobs and bring community benefits to the Amman Valley. The plans, which
originally comprised of 16 turbines, were the subject of a public inquiry in
2008.The plan's backers eco2 say the wind farm could produce enough electricity for
up to 23,800 households
This wind farm had
received approval from the Carmarthenshire County Council planning committee but
was called-in by the Welsh Assembly.
Garn wind farm
Ltd withdrew the appeal against the WAG regarding the Rhos Garn Wind
reason given is: the
Welsh Assembly have no policy regarding mid sized wind developments (below
25MW and above 5MW) The
developer’s appeal against refusal of this development has been dismissed.
Among the reasons for dismissal was proximity of turbines to homes and the
subsequent loss in property values.
were preparing to challenge the outcome
of the appeal.
Nest Wind Farm, Gilfach Goch
SWATT (South Wales Alternative to Turbines) needs help. Early in the 2009 New Year, Planning
Applications are due to be heard for 22, 115m turbines at Fforch Nest and
Pant y Wal Wind Farms (4 More components in the encirclement of the South Wales
Valley Communities of Evanstown and Gilfach Goch N E of Bridgend).
Please add your objection to the many local objections
that have already been lodged. Objections letters can be downloaded from
the SWATT Web Site at www.swatt.org.uk/Object.html
In order that SWATT might monitor the responses
could you kindly advise them at www.swatt.org.uk/Contact.html
Please note that as these plans straddle 2 Local Authority Boundaries there are
2 objection letters. One for Bridgend CBC covering two wind farms and access
route, and one for Rhondda Cynon Taf CBC covering one wind farm.
to build 12 wind turbines were refused by Conwy Council’s planning committee.
Mwdwl Eithin is on the Southern Boundary of TAN8 SSA A (Clocaenog
Forest). The application site is within the TAN8 boundary but
outside the ConwyCBC/DenbighsireCC 'refined' area.
This 13-turbine wind farm at Maesgwyn,
between Banwen and Glynneath has been approved by the Neath Port Talbot Council.
The 115-metre turbines will be visible from Banwen, Resolven, Coelbren, Seven
Sisters, Glynneath and Cwmgwrach.
Pen Y Cymoedd wind energy
project - Coed Morgannwg forestry
Consultation began in
January 2009 on a huge wind energy scheme in Neath Port Talbot. An article was
published in the South wales Evening Post on January 5, 2009:
Nuon Renewables wants to build scores of
giant wind turbines over a huge stretch of land between the Neath, Dulais, Afan
and Rhondda valleys. Over 100 of the structures could spring up across a land
mass running into tens of thousands of square metres. If approved by the
Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the wind farm could be up and
running by 2012/13.
The Pen y Cymoedd wind energy project would
be built in the Coed Morgannwg forestry estate to the south of the Heads of the
Valleys road (A465) between Neath and Aberdare; to the north of Maerdy, Treorchy
and Glyncorrwg, and to the east of Tonmawr. It is expected to generate up
to 300MW for the National Grid — compared with 350MW at the Prenergy woodchip
power plant earmarked for Port Talbot docks.
The first stage of consultation with local
communities regarding the Pen y Cymoedd project took place from January to
March, 2009. The public will "be able to have a say and take part in the design
stage of the project, looking at issues such as developing the wind farm
layouts, reviewing key constraints and other technical issues". Eight drop-in
events were held in january, all between 11.30am and 8.30pm: Neath
Port Talbot: Tonmawr Rugby Club on Thursday, January 22; Glynneath Town Hall on
Saturday, January 24; the Old Town Hall, Neath, on Thursday January 29, and in the
Upper Afan Valley Sports Centre, Cymmer on Saturday, January 31.
Nuon Renewables' regional development
manager Stephen Holdroyd, said: "Ongoing consultation with the local
communities is a key commitment. We want to recognise all the potential benefits
— financial, social, and environmental — that this development can bring to
local communities and local businesses, whilst also fully recognising and
tackling concerns and issues that people will have."
To add your comment to the South Wales
Evening Post click
Bowi wind farm extension
The application to
build three more turbines at this site have been refused by the Carmarthenshire
County Council. One of the reasons for refusal was that noise levels, which
already cause problems for some local residents, would be increased if more
turbines are built. The developers are appealing this decision.
Blaen Bowi Wind Farm Public Inquiry, the Inspectorate have confirmed that
the scheduled date of the 4th Novem- ber has been cancelled. This follows a
request from the applicants, WindJen, for the date to be postponed in order for
further environmental information relating to noise to be prepared and
advertised before it is placed before the Inspector.
y Gwrhyd wind farm
The application by
Awel Aman Tawe to built four, then three, turbines near Tairgwaith, has been
refused on both occasions by the Neath-Port Talbot Council. AAT appealed this
final refusal but lost the appeal. They have resubmitted a new application for
In May 2009, the Planning Inspectorate has now given permission
for the two turbines of 100 metres height to be located on Mynydd y
Gwrhyd (to the east of Cwngors and Gwaun Cae Gurwen, to the south of Gwrhyd
and Tairgwaith and to the west of Rhiwfawr) in spite of it being
rejected by Neath Port Talbot local authority. Our regrets go to the Action
Group and all that have been fighting this for so long.
here for the link to the
Inspector's Decision where you can read how Inspector Poppleton thinks
the landscape impact etc is not significant! The decision can only be
challenged in the High Court on legal points.
Fynydd wind farm
NUON has submitted a
planning application to erect 17 turbines just north of Llanbadarn Fynydd, which
is set in a wild upland area bordering Montgomeryshire. The areas falls within
TAN 8 SSA C. RES is about to submit an application for 33 turbines on upland
adjacent to the NUON site and there is a consortium of local farmers ready to
submit an application for a further 29 on land near the existing Llandinam site,
just west of Llanbadarn Fynydd. Also the Llandinam site is due to be refurbished
with larger turbines and its area extended eastwards.
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