Wind turbine fight may not be over

October 30, 2013 by  
Filed under Wind Energy Tips

PLANS for a controversial wind turbine overlooking the Teifi Estuary have been withdrawn, but the battle may not be over for local campaigners.

Farming co-operative First Milk Energy had submitted plans to Pembrokeshire Council for a 100 kW turbine at Tynewydd Manian Fawr, near St Dogmaels.

The proposed turbine would measure 34m at the tip of the blade.

However First Milk has announced the withdrawal of the planning application until it receives further information, although it aims to re-submit it at a later date.

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A spokesman for First Milk said: “As a farmer owned co-operative we are committed to the sustainability of our farming members’ businesses.

“We believe that renewable energy generation is one route that can benefit them.

“We are carefully following the required planning process and whilst in Pembrokeshire we have decided to withdraw this application, to be resubmitted at a later date once more information is available.”

The plans have been opposed by many locals due to the visual impact on the nearby scenery and fears for its effect on wildlife and the local economy.

If the turbine is built it could be visible from Gwbert on the other side of the Teifi Estuary, as well as St Dogmaels and the surrounding area.

It would even have been visible from parts of the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.

A letter of objection was written by the head of planning at the national park and an objection was also sent to Pembrokeshire Council by the Friends of Pembrokeshire National Park.

The news has been cautiously welcomed by many locals who have been campaigning against the turbine at Tynewydd Manian Fawr.

It is not clear when First Milk plan on re-submitting an application.

First Milk Energy is a farmer-owned co-operative with more than 2,000 milk-producing members across the UK.

They aim to build solid and sustainable futures for farmers and the dairy industry as a whole.

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