Welsh Government planning inspectorate to hear Letterston Turbine appeal

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A planning appeal into erecting two wind turbines at Castlemorris is due to be heard in Letterston Memorial Hall today (Thursday).

Pembrokeshire County Council unanimously refused proposals by James Richards and Jon Watson-Miller to site two 79 metre structures on land at Penybanc last October.

In both cases, the planning officer’s report said: “The proposal, by reasons of the turbine’s height and location, would have a significant adverse impact on the character and visual amenity of the area, including the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park.”

350 people objected alongside Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Friends of Pembrokeshire Coast National Park, Dyfed Archaeological Trust, Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales, CADW and Mathry Community Council.

Castlemorris resident Theresa Arkle is one of the local objectors.

Speaking to the Western Telegraph, she said: “As homeowners, who have spent our life-savings on refurbishing our cottage, we feel our quality of life would change if these turbines are allowed on appeal.

“The turbines are much too near to our home and we would suffer from noise and shadow flicker according to the appellants’ paperwork.

“This is a quiet, unspoilt and beautiful area for our other neighbours as well, who are also opposed to this commercial development”

Mrs Arkle added: “We already have about 23 turbines in this area, with many others going through the Appeal stage and other undetermined applications as well.

“We most certainly have reached saturation point and ‘done our bit’ for renewables in Pembrokeshire. Tourists could stop visiting if these massive structures are built on the prominent Penybanc Ridge, as they would dominate the countryside and coastal areas for miles around.”

The planning appeal will be led by a planning inspectorate appointed by the Welsh Government. It will start at 10am on Thursday, July 10 and is open to the public.

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