Date set for planners to settle Carmarthenshire village turbine row
JUDGEMENT day is looming for those who have fought against plans for a 112ft wind turbine in a Carmarthenshire village.
Villagers from Five Roads, who campaigned against the arrival of the 50kw structure at Ty Mawr Farm, will find out their fate on Thursday when the council’s planning committee will carry out a site visit at 10.45am.
And the residents are already plotting to show their disapproval to this application, which has caused great controversy since being submitted last December.
And it comes as the residents prepare to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the village hall.
Speaking on behalf of campaign group Five Roads Residents Against Turbines, Caroline Piercy said: “Residents are extremely worried about the health implications regarding noise and flicker because of the close proximity of the proposed wind turbine to properties.
“There is also concern as to the health and safety issue of allowing such a structure to be built so close to residential properties.
“This planning application would cause significant harm to the local amenity and would be extremely detrimental to the community as a whole as the village is about to celebrate its big 20th anniversary weekend.”
Concerns raised also include the structure’s proximity to residents — with the nearest resident only 209 metres from the proposed site, as well as the visual impact, with a change to the landscape as the structure is enveloped by the Afon Lleidi Special Landscape Area.
Worries have also been aired over the potential impact on tourism as the proposed site lies close to the Sustrans Cycle route and would be seen from the Swiss Valley Reservoir and St Illtyd’s Walk. After the site visit is completed members of the planning committee will discuss the application back at County Hall in Carmarthen.
And at 1pm, residents will have the opportunity to attend and air their views on the development.