Venue: LAND ADJOINING UNIT 3, PENGARNDDU INDUSTRIAL ESTATE, DOWLAIS TOP, MERTHYR TYDFIL
Apologies for absence
Apologies for absence were received from Councillors A Jones, G Lewis, L A Matthews and L Smart.
Declarations of Interest
Members of the Planning and Regulatory Fact Finding Visits are reminded of their personal responsibility to declare any personal and prejudicial interest in respect of matters contained in this agenda in accordance with the provisions of the Local Government Act 2000, the Council’s Constitution and the Members Code of Conduct.
a. Members are reminded that they must identify the item number and subject matter that their interest relates to and signify the nature of the personal interest; and
b. Where Members withdraw from a meeting as a consequence of the disclosure of a prejudicial interest they must notify the Chair when they leave.
No Declarations of Interest were made.
To consider a report of the Corporate Director of Customer Services.
The Chair formally opened the meeting and referred to the Council’s Constitution whereby the public in attendance are unable to address the meeting.
He further advised that this meeting was requested by the Planning and Regulatory Committee of the 25th June 2014 to give Members an opportunity to inspect the site and to ask questions.
David Cross, the Council’s Principal Planning Officer, referred to application number P/14/0050 for a single 225 kw wind turbine (up to 65.3m blade tip height) with associated hard standing area, substation/transformer and boundary fencing.
He then outlined the application by means of a plan which showed the actual location of the turbine and explained the recommendations in the report.
Members then asked questions in relation to the following:
· The Welsh Government targets on renewable energy
· Concerns in relation to the visual impact on the Community and the principle areas.
· Noise Nuisance.
· The potential impact on the natural environment.
· Concerns from the community with regard to an increased number of wind turbines being erected.
· The procedure in relation to consideration and determination of planning applications.
· Whether the erection of the wind turbine would cause a shadow flicker on the A465 road.
· Pollution from wind turbines.
· Experts carrying out surveys/assessments on behalf of the applicant.
David Cross, Tom Bramley, Chris Clarke and Kevin Davies then answered in detail to questions raised by the Members.
Dowlais ward members (Councillors Tom Lewis, Ray Thomas and Phil Williams) also made representation on behalf of the residents of Dowlais.
Any other business as deemed urgent by the Chair
The Chair advised that there was no business deemed urgent.
He then called the meeting to a close.