'Wind Farms Will Destroy Communities' AM Warns of Environmental Impact

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Byline: KELLY BARKER

BUILDING three wind farms within eight miles of each other could be disastrous for tourism and the environment.

That's the fear of campaigners as a total of 61 turbines are being proposed or planned in an area of great natural beauty.

Earlier this year Denbighshire County Council approved plans for a 16-turbine wind farm to the east of Llyn Brenig. Currently, a public inquiry is being held into a 13-turbine development at Nantglyn, and there are proposals for 32 turbines in the Clocaenog Forest near Ruthin.

"Taken on their own there is cause for concern about each of these developments, but in my opinion the cumulative effect of three such projects within a fairly small area could be disastrous for local communities," said Clwyd West AM, Darren Millar.

Clwyd Darren He has lodged an objection to Tegni Cymru Cyf's Gorsedd Bran development at Nantglyn, which is the subject of the planning inquiry being held in Denbigh this week.

Banner-bearing protesters have been gathering at the Town Hall to show their opposition to the plans to chop down trees to make way for Wales' tallest wind farm at 125m.

The controversial scheme also includes proposals for a sub-station, new road access and ancillary works at the 290-hectare site. Campaigners have raised concerns about the "overwhelming" visual impact, noise levels and the loss of the conifer forest. …