Campaigners Welcome plan U-turn
Villagers campaigning against a wind farm in the Afan Valley have welcomed news that Gamesa has withdrawn plans to build a wind farm near Gilfach Goch.
The company wanted to erect 14 145ft-high turbines between Pontypridd and Bridgend.
Residents launched a sustained and vigorous campaign, claiming that - coupled with five similar schemes in the area - the valley would have been surrounded by wind farms.
Now Glyncorrwg Action Group is calling on Gamesa to scrap plans to build a wind farm in the Upper Afan Valley.
The Spanish-owned company, based in Newport, want to build four 603ft turbines at Ynyscorrwg, and ten 603ft turbines on the Gelli Mountain, near Croeserw.
Glyncorrwg Action Group spokesman Robert Slater said: "This is a victory for common sense.
"There are too many wind farms being dumped on Wales and this is a victory for local campaigners.
"This was one of six applications for wind farms which would have surrounded this community.
"We now call on Gamesa to scrap plans for four 603-feet turbines in Glyncorrwg and 10 in Croeserw.
"These would be some of the biggest turbines in the world and would be situated close to people's houses and primary schools.
"We have campaigned hard against these plans - the majority of local people are against them as are our AM and MP."
Mr Slater believes wind farm developments should be situated at least 2kms from the nearest house, as is the case in Scotland.
The minimum distance in Wales is 500 metres.
He added: "Wind farms do little to help global warming, but cause massive damage to local communities with relatively little gain in energy production.
"We also call on Eco2 to withdraw their planning application for 4 x 410ft turbines in Glyncorrwg which are around 800 metres from houses.
"All these developers are in a mad rush to build wind farms before Government subsidies are withdrawn.
"We would like a review of the flawed TAN8 and a halt to all new wind farms.
"We need protection from big business bullies."
Ogmore AM Janice Gregory said she believed Gamesa withdrew their planning application due to the likelihood of a full public inquiry into the scheme.
She said the development came after a report on recommended areas for wind farm sites.
The document, produced by planning consultancy Arup, said much of the land around Gilfach Goch was unsuitable for wind farms.
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