Wind farm plan goes up for approval following concerns

July 14, 2012 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

DEVELOPERS behind a controversial wind farm project which will overlook Port Talbot have submitted their planning application.

REG Windpower is behind proposals to put five turbines, measuring up to 100 metres to the blade tips, on Mynydd Brombil.

Energy created on site will be capable of powering around 5,000 homes.

In November residents were able to have a closer look at the plans as well as view displays demonstrating how the wind farm would appear from different viewpoints in the town.

Several raised concerns at the exhibition held in Taibach.

The turbines will be visible from Goytre, Margam Road, Broomhill, and Port Talbot Civic Centre.

Jeff Jones, 59, from Taibach, said: “I am totally opposed to land-based wind turbines. They affect the landscape.”

Alan Evans of Stallcourt Close said he believed he would be able to see the wind turbines from his Margam home.

“The ones in Glynneath stick out like a sore thumb,” he claimed.

“My concern is that they would attract more turbines on the mountains.”

Plans for the wind farm also include permission for access tracks, underground cabling, a control building and crane hard standings.

All the land around the wind turbines and substation buildings would remain available for farming activities. After 25 years, the wind farm would be decommissioned and the land restored to its former appearance. If granted permission by Neath Port Talbot Council planners, the company has pledged to set up a community fund which would pay £40,000 a year to local causes throughout the wind farm’s life.

An REG Windpower spokesman confirmed the planning application had been submitted for consideration.

“We believe it is an excellent location which can produce significant quantities of safe, clean and renewable energy with minimising effect on the community,” he said.

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