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LOCAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN

The Town Council is holding a public meeting in the Institute, Pontarddulais on Wednesday 15th February 2017 at 7.00pm to discuss the City & County of Swansea's proposed Local Development Plan. Councillor Rob Stewart, Leader of the City & County of Swansea will be in attendance. 

PROPOSED WIND FARM ON MYNYDD Y GWAIR

RWE Innogy UK Ltd (RWE) and the Somerset Trust are applying to the Welsh Ministers under Section 16 of the Commons Act 2006 to deregister common land and to provide replacement land in exchange for the land to be deregistered; under Section 18 of the 2006 Act to carry out works on common land. These applications are required to facilitate the construction, operation and decommissioning of RWE's proposed Mynydd y Gwair Wind Farm.

The Town Council is opposed to the applications and anyone of a similar view can download the following letters of objection and send them to the Planning Inspectorate Wales, Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff CF10 3NQ on or before 14th OCTOBER 2015.  

 


 

                                                                   

 

                                                                   Postcode…………………………….

 

Gareth Harvey,

Team Leader, Quality and Specialist Case Work

The Planning Inspectorate                            

Crown Buildings                                          Date:                                            

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

 

Dear Mr Harvey,

 

Re: Commons Act 2006 – Section 16 Applications for The Deregistration and Exchange of Common Land on

1) Common Land Unit CL68, Goppa Hill Common

2) Common Land Unit CL74, Mynydd Pysgodlyn and part Graig-y-Bedw, Pentwyn Mawr, Bank Myddfai, Garn Fach and Banc Darren Mawr Common

3) Common Land Unit CL77, Mynydd y Gwair Common

 

I wish to object to the above proposals for deregistration and exchange of land. Such exchanges of land would have a detrimental effect on the common and surrounding communities and are not in the public interest.

 

1.   The disjointed parcels of exchange land would not compensate for the loss of tranquility and wilderness of the open common moorland, which is valued by the commoners and visitors alike.

 

2.   The enjoyment of the general public would be severely disadvantaged, not only by interruption of access across the heart of the common, but also through the change in character of the current landscape, which should be conserved.

 

3.  Nature conservation has not been properly considered: the applicant’s own evidence admits problems in this regard.

 

4.  The proposed exchange will not assist, and indeed may hinder, the protection of archeological remains and features of historic interest on the common. 

 

There have been two previous Public Inquiries, held in 2010 and 2014, which considered much of the exchange land still being offered through these applications. Both found the exchange land to be unsuitable, but also gave other reasons for refusing the previous applications. These new applications do nothing to overcome the solid grounds for previous refusals. Some might regard the continuing attempts by the applicant to get these applications passed as bordering on harassment and bullying. It is clear that renewable energy provision from the area has increased massively during the past decade, and is set to do so further when the world’s first tidal lagoon is constructed, and at the same time there has been a growing awareness of the need to de-clutter valued landscapes (pylons are to be removed in the Snowdonia National Park for instance). Against this backdrop the failure of the applicant to accept the Minister’s decision of 25 June 2015 seems perverse and to represent a continued threat to peaceful recreation, and hence also tourism, in the area.

 

Please accept this letter as an objection for each of the three applications mentioned above.

 

I urge you to refuse these applications.

 

Yours sincerely,                                                                          

 

 

       Name   ………………………………

 

                                                                   Address………………………………

 

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                                                                   Postcode…………………………….

 

Gareth Harvey,

Team Leader, Quality and Specialist Case Work

The Planning Inspectorate                            

Crown Buildings                                          Date:                                            

Cathays Park

Cardiff

CF10 3NQ

 

Dear Mr Harvey,

 

Re: Commons Act 2006 – Section 38 Applications for Works on Common Land

1) Common Land Unit CL68, Goppa Hill Common

2) Common Land Unit CL74, Mynydd Pysgodlyn and part Graig-y-Bedw, Pentwyn Mawr, Bank Myddfai, Garn Fach and Banc Darren Mawr Common

3) Common Land Unit CL77, Mynydd y Gwair Common x 2 applications

 

As a member of the public I wish to object to the above applications. The fencing and related works on common land will have a detrimental effect on the common and surrounding communities and is not in the public interest.

 

1. Their will be no “benefit to the community” as defined as “the health, comfort and convenience of the inhabitants” because this area will be restricted for people to enjoy.

 

2. Livestock and wildlife currently feed over this area and the proposed changes will have a detrimental effect, not least by disrupting hefts.

 

3. The open nature of the common distinguishes it from the enclosed farms that comprise the surrounding countryside, and this difference is valued.

 

It is not clear what implications the related applications for deregistration of land would have for fencing of any such deregistered land. This is a long established point of concern, with negative implications either way for the public, and which was discussed at some length at the 2014 Public Inquiry.

 

Please take this letter as an objection for each of the four applications mentioned above. I urge you to refuse these applications.

 

Yours sincerely,