Dismay at Swansea Council’s yes to turbines on Mynydd y Gwair

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Swansea Council’s planning committee has approved an application for 16 wind-turbines on Mynydd y Gwair common. We were one of the many objectors.

The planning committee approved the scheme from RWE npower renewables by 27 votes to 24.

We argued that the turbines will destroy the magnificent stretch of unspoilt common land, eight miles north of Swansea. We are horrified that the council has approved such a damaging development on a prominent local beauty-spot. Mynydd y Gwair gives pleasure to numerous walkers and riders, with its open access and fine views.

However, all is not yet lost. Because the land is common, RWE npower will have to obtain the additional consent of the Welsh Government for works on the common and may be required to provide suitable land in exchange for that to be taken. That may prove impossible as nothing can compensate for the beautiful land to be destroyed.

The society is notified of all such applications and we shall object to the works being sited on common land.

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