County planners set for turbine visit

South Wales Guardian: PLEA: Councillor Sian Thomas urged planning committee members to visit the site of the proposed Blaenau wind turbine. PLEA: Councillor Sian Thomas urged planning committee members to visit the site of the proposed Blaenau wind turbine.

Carmarthenshire county council’s planning committee agreed to pay a visit to the site of a proposed wind turbine in Blaenau before making any decision on whether to approve the scheme.

The application, to erect a 77-metre tall 500 kilowatt turbine on land owned by DJ Davies Fuel Limited at Blaenau Fuel Depot on Pantyblodau Road had been recommended for approval by local authority planning officers.

However, before the committee was able to consider the scheme, local member Councillor Sian Thomas urged the decision-makers to attend the site for a fuller picture of the scheme’s impact.

“I am requesting a site visit because of the location of the turbine,” Cllr Thomas told the committee.

“I am not against wind turbines but this particular location is too close to residential properties.”

She told councillors there were 31 houses within 400 metres of the proposed site.

Committee member Cllr Peter Cooper added: “It would be an advantage for us all to visit the site and see where the turbine would be in relation to the dwellings.”

Members agreed to attend the site ahead of their February 11 meeting when a decision on the application is likely to be made.

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