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Tallest wind farm plan approved
Wind turbines
The turbines will be the tallest in Wales at 110 metres
Controversial plans for a set of 110m high wind turbines in Carmarthenshire have been given the go-ahead.

More than 100 people had written to the council backing the scheme to build 10 turbines on Mynydd Llanllwni above the Brechfa Forest.

But around twice as many had objected to the proposal.

It was passed by the county's planning committee at a meeting on Thursday, despite claims it would have a major adverse effect on the landscape.

The Brechfa Forest Action group said it was "appalled by the apparent disregard of recent evidence of the health effects of the sound coming from Scotland and from residents living near the Blaen Bowl turbines".

The group's coordinator Caroline Evans said "The council's own policies are supposed to protect us, ensuring no effect on the quality of local environment.

"There would be a major impact on tourism in the area," she added.

Protest

The application from Catamount of Vermont was for 10 turbines, each measuring 110.5m (363 feet), which would make them the tallest turbines in Wales. The current tallest are at Cefn Croes in Ceredigion at 99.7m.

Councillors visited the Blaen Bowl wind farm in Carmarthenshire, where the turbines rise to a height of 76m, before visiting the proposed site at Blaengwen Farm.

There were shouts of "shame" from the public gallery as the scheme was approved.

But local farmers also present at the meeting said the wind farm would throw them an economic lifeline through rental income from having them on their land.

It was the first application to be approved within one of the "TAN 8" areas, which are the Welsh Assembly Government's preferred places for wind farm developments.


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