Written Evidence from the Denbighshire
Branch of the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales
The Denbighshire Branch of the Campaign for
the Protection of Rural Wales concerns itself with the "protection
and enhancement of the landscape and environment" of the
County (1); we are consulted by local authorities on strategic
planning matters, and comment on a wide range of planning applications
at a local level.
Like most other environmental groups, we are
opposed to the current pattern and extent of the deployment of
wind turbines in the uplands of Wales, although CPRW's policy
does not oppose land based installations if a site can be found
that does not damage landscapes, and is broadly supportive of
truly offshore installations away from sensitive coasts (2).
TAN 8 Planning for Renewable Energy (3) designates
Clocaenog Forest in Denbighshire and Conwy as Strategic Area A
for the installation of wind turbines to a target capacity of
140MW. The Forestry Authority land and other areas in Clocaenog
Forest are extensively used by walkers, cyclists and horse riders;
with the central zone around Llyn Brenig actively promoted as
a recreational centre for these activities and for fishing and
sailing. It is a leisure resource that we and the two local authorities
are very proud of. It is a centre not only for local people, but
also for visitors from Liverpool, Birkenhead, Chester and beyond.
At the time of writing, the consultants Ove
Arup are redefining the boundaries of this Area, with a view to
concentrating the turbines into as small an area as possible with
the least possible environmental damage. When this is complete,
Supplementary Planning Guidance produced jointly by the two authorities
will be republished. The area chosen is most likely to be the
central portion, which is far from most houses but, because of
its remoteness, is the area most used for recreation.
Meanwhile, npower renewables have announced
their 750MW Gwynt y Mor Offshore Wind Farm (4), to be commenced
in 2008, with the project operational in 2010-11. This, together
with the consented Rhyl Flats and Scarweather Sands sites (200MW
together), brings the total potential installed capacity (after
North Hoyle) off the shores of Wales to 950MW.
The table attached [not printed] shows how the
TAN 8 target of 2.6TWh additional renewable generation (5) will
be achieved, and indeed exceeded, by the implementation of the
three further offshore schemes referred to. It is the view of
CPRW, therefore, that no further onshore wind turbines are required
for Wales to meet its targets, and, from our local point of view,
it is unnecessary to destroy the amenity value of the Clocaenog
We ask the Committee to take these figures into
consideration when addressing item 3d.
We regret that we are not in a position to give
NOTES (1) CPRW Constitution
25 June 2005.
(2) CPRW Onshore and Offshore Policies 2005.
(3) Technical Advice Note 8: Planning for Renewable
EnergyWAG July 2005.
(4) Project Update and Exhibition Informationnpower
(5) TAN 8 Annex A para 6.
1 December 2005