The 16 wind turbines planned for Mynydd y Betws should be stopped, Carmarthenshire planners will be told by their colleagues in Neath.

Whatever the impact close to the site, the turbines will dominate Brynaman and be visible from Cwmgors, Gwaun-cae-Gurwen and Tairgwaith, says Neath Port Talbot's director of planning Mr Geoff White. With opencast mining at East Pit and the landfill site at Pwllfawatkin, the villages of the area would be surrounded by industry.

He urged his councillors to recommend Carmarthenshire Council to refuse planning permission for the proposed windfarm just a week after Neath Port Talbot refused permission for turbines at Mynydd y Gwrhyd, above Tairgwaith.

Neath Port Talbot's planning and development committee had been asked for their views on the Mynydd y Betws wind farm because of its proximity to the county border, half a mile from Cwmgors and three miles from Ammanford. The wind farm is planned to have a capacity of 36.8 megawatts.

"The area forms natural, open mountainside which lies above GCG," says Mr White.

"Up to 16 of the turbines will be in view from a wide area and, with their constant movement, would undoubtedly have an impact on the landscape. In some areas, they would form a dominant feature."