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We have sent a strong objection to plans to build 16 wind turbines with associated infrastructure on Mynydd y Gwair and adjoining commons, eight miles north of Swansea.
RWE npower renewables has planning permission for the development but, because it is to be sited on registered common land, the developer needs the additional consent of Welsh ministers for works on, and exchanges of, common land.
We have objected to the company’s proposal to swap land in the heart of the common with inferior land on the edge, so that the land on which the turbines and associated access track, electricity transformers, crane hardstandings, construction compound and other structures would be sited is taken out of the common. In addition, the company has sought consent to construct a road and temporary fencing on the common.
These monstrous turbines and their associated infrastructure will devastate these magnificent, breezy commons above Swansea. This open moorland is on the doorstep of a huge urban population, and is of immense value to the people of Swansea. There are rights to walk and ride over the whole area and the views are tremendous.
We do not believe that the applicants have met the necessary tests for development on common land, and we shall fight these proposals on behalf of all who enjoy these magnificent commons.