North West Wales

Wind turbine plan talks for Llanaelhaearn on hold

Llanaelhaearn Image copyright Martin Bodman
Image caption The applicants want more time to consider Welsh government directives, issued last week

Plans for a 220 ft wind turbine in a Gwynedd village are on hold after councillors voted to postpone discussing the matter at the request of the applicants.

They want more time to review new Welsh government directives.

Four farmers and the Antur Aelhaearn co-operative have proposed the controversial 67 metre turbine for Llanaelhaearn, on the Llŷn peninsula.

But it had been recommended for refusal.

Previously, supporters claim the turbine could generate nearly £3m profit over twenty years for a poor community.

But council officers say it would be an "alien feature" harming the landscape on the eastern side of Moelfre hill.

The backers claim profits from the scheme could be re-invested to create 26 jobs and finance a nursery, school improvements, a history centre, village shop and other benefits.

However, opponents including Natural Resources Wales and historic monuments charity Cadw have pointed out that the turbine would be close to an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and several historical landmarks including the Tre'r Ceiri Iron Age hill fort.

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