AM calls for wind turbine rules review

First published in News

A call for a review of wind turbine planning laws in Wales is being made by Pembrokeshire AM Angela Burns.

The Welsh Assembly was recently petitioned requesting noise from wind turbines to be controlled, but the government rejected three of the four recommendations made.

Mrs Burns took issue with the government’s response and referred to a report in the British Medical Journal which said there was real evidence of a strong link between wind turbine noise, ill health and disruption of sleep.

She said later: “Poor legislation and law will never serve us well, and I believe that the general consensus is that the current Welsh laws around planning for wind power are not fit for purpose, are too subjective and leave a bad taste in most people’s mouths.

“I am not saying that wind turbines are wrong, but the Welsh Government needs to evaluate and satisfy, beyond reproach, all criteria for planning to ensure that people are not blighted with illhealth and loss of amenity, and there is complete continuity in the decisions made, whether you are in Pembroke or Pencader.”

Planning permission was recently granted to Princes Gate Spring Water for two turbines in Ludchurch, which would be the tallest in the county.

As the Western Telegraph reported last week, concern has been voiced that the health and safety impact on the nearby Belle Vue Equestrian Centre was not correctly emphasised at the planning meeting.

And Mary Sinclair, the chairman of the Pembrokeshire branch of the CPRW (Council for the Protection of Rural Wales), has since said that a report quoted in a response from the company about ‘negligible impacts on agricultural activities and livestock’ was ‘incorrect and misleading’.

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