Holiday cottage turbine set for refusal
A WIND turbine at a Gower holiday home is set to be refused by Swansea Council.
Planners have recommended an application to install a 5kw wind turbine on top of a 15m (49ft) tower at Middleton Hall Cottage in Rhossili be thrown out when they meet to vote tomorrow.
They believe the wind turbine will have a negative visual impact and would spoil the natural beauty of the area.
In a planning agenda it said the application should be refused as a wind turbine would appear as a "prominent, discordant and incongruous feature within this part of the Gower AONB, which would neither conserve nor enhance the area's natural beauty."
The application by Dr Christopher Payne has received eight letters of objection by members of the public.
Some of their concerns include the safety and security of the wind turbine, potential noise, it would be visually detrimental and could impact on wildlife.
The Gower Society and Rhossili Community Council has also objected to the plans.
A community council spokesman said: "Rhossili Community Council does not think that this type of development is appropriate on Gower Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
"The turbine siting would be particularly visible as it can be seen from the
main road to Rhossili, from the coastal path, at all the surrounding viewpoints from Middleton to Cefn Bryn, and from wherever Rhossili Down is visible from the road.
"An alternative energy source could be considered, such as solar panels, producing similar or more output.
"In allowing this type of development there is a risk of setting a precedent for this area of outstanding natural beauty."
Glamorgan Gwent Archaeological Trust Ltd said the proposed works would require archaeological mitigation.
The submitted plan will be discussed at the area 2 development control committee meeting Swansea Civic Centre's council chamber at 2pm tomorrow.