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Planning rightly refused for Gilfach wind farm

November 13, 2010 11:55 PM

Plans for yet another wind farm on the mountains above Gilfach Goch were turned down resoundingly by RCT Development Control committee last week. Councillor Mike Powell, Welsh Liberal Democrat Assembly candidate for Pontypridd was one of numerous Councillors who spoke against the proposal.

"I am very much a fan of alternative energy of all kinds, and in the past have been supportive of applications for wind turbines - sometimes being in a minority. Wind energy is far from being the only answer to providing sustainable energy, but it does have its part to play.

However, the community of Gilfach Goch already has its fair share of these turbines in the immediate vicinity. As well as the existing ones which are now a familiar site to us all, there are others already in the pipeline having already been granted planning permission.

This extension to an existing development would have seen the village almost completely encircled. Residents speaking at the meeting put forward an excellent case, and the decision was very resounding one.

I hope now that this will not end up going to appeal and being granted via the Assembly, who have a record of overturning the democratic decisions of local representatives in RCT."