Controversial plans to build a wind turbine near Pen y Fan Pond in Caerphilly are set to go before Caerphilly County Borough Council’s planning committee.
An application by Sirius Renewable Energy seeks permission to build a 93 metre-high wind turbine on an industrial unit operated by Durisol UK on Pen y Fan Industrial Estate near Crumlin.
The plans have caused controversy, with local residents raising concerns of the impact on the nearby country park, Pen y Fan Pond.
Two petitions were set up opposing the plans, signed by 128 residents in total, while 37 letters of objection were also were also lodged. Assembly Member for Islwyn, Rhianon Passmore, is among the objectors.
A CCBC report prepared ahead of the meeting on Wednesday, August 15, says many of the concerns raised have since been addressed in the revised application.
The report said: “The main issues in this application are considered to be the effects of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the landscape and its consequences in these terms for impact on residential visual amenity, the effects on the adjacent Pen y Fan Pond Country Park, the effects on nature conservation interests, the effects on the amenity of properties in terms of noise and shadow flicker, and the effect on the highway network.
“These issues will be considered in turn below against the backdrop of the need to produce renewable energy in line with national targets.”
The application was originally due to go before the council’s planning committee in April with a recommendation for refusal.
However, a miscommunication over a site visit between CCBC’s planning team and the applicant meant the application was not heard.
Amended plans were submitted reducing the height of the proposed turbine from 113 metres to 93 metres. The plans have now been recommended for approval.
Rhianon Passmore AM said: “While I support in principle the need for more renewable energy production, it cannot be right that any area is overdeveloped.
“Further developments in the idyllic Pen y Fan area have negatively changed the character of this beautiful space which many, including myself, have enjoyed for generations. The devastating loss of the ancient oak hedgerow, intensive solar farm building and large wind turbines within this beautiful residential and rural setting has had a negative impact.”