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POLICY COMM 7 - WIND GENERATORS AND FARMS

PROPOSALS FOR INDIVIDUAL WIND GENERATORS AND WIND FARMS WILL BE PERMITTED IF:

  1. THE PROPOSAL HAS NO UNACCEPTABLE EFFECT UPON THE LANDSCAPE, PARTICULARLY WHEN VIEWED FROM PUBLIC ROADS, PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY AND OTHER LAND USED BY THE GENERAL PUBLIC. PROPOSALS WHICH FALL WITHIN THE GLAMORGAN HERITAGE COAST AND AREAS OF HIGH LANDSCAPE IMPORTANCE, OR LIE OUTSIDE SUCH AREAS BUT HAVE AN UNACCEPTABLE ADVERSE VISUAL EFFECT UPON THEM WILL NOT BE PERMITTED;
  2. THE PROPOSAL HAS NO UNACCEPTABLE EFFECT UPON SITES OF CONSERVATION, ARCHAEOLOGICAL, HISTORICAL, ECOLOGICAL AND WILDLIFE IMPORTANCE;
  3. ALL POSSIBLE STEPS ARE TAKEN BY THE DEVELOPERS TO MINIMISE NOISE DISTURBANCE AND SHADOW FLICKER FROM THE TURBINES FOR LOCAL RESIDENTS. DEVELOPERS WILL BE REQUIRED TO AMELIORATE PROBLEMS BY THE USE OF APPROPRIATE LEGAL AGREEMENTS AND / OR CONDITIONS ATTACHED TO THE GRANTING OF PLANNING CONSENT;
  4. ALL POWER LINES CONNECTING THE TURBINES TO THE NATIONAL GRID SHOULD RESULT IN NO UNACCEPTABLE VISUAL EFFECT UPON THE LANDSCAPE OF THE VALE OF GLAMORGAN;
  5. THE NUMBERS OF ANCILLARY BUILDINGS ARE LIMITED AND ARE DESIGNED AND SITED TO MINIMISE THEIR IMPACT ON THE LANDSCAPE;
  6. THE CUMULATIVE EFFECTS OF DEVELOPMENT DO NOT HAVE AN UNACCEPTABLE IMPACT UPON THE LANDSCAPE;
  7. ACCESS FOR CONSTRUCTION TRAFFIC CAN BE PROVIDED WITHOUT DANGER TO HIGHWAY SAFETY AND SHOULD BE CONSTRUCTED IN LOCALLY SYMPATHETIC MATERIALS (I.E. ROAD BASED MATERIALS TOP DRESSED WITH LOCAL SOIL TO REGENERATION OF VEGETATION);
  8. THE PROPOSAL DOES NOT CREATE SIGNIFICANT OR IRREMEDIABLE RADIO INTERFERANCE;
  9. THE PROPOSAL DOES NOT UNACCEPTABLY EFFECT OPERATIONS UNDER THE CONTROL OF THE CIVIL AVIATION AUTHORITY OR THE MINISTRY OF DEFENCE; AND
  10. WITHIN 24 MONTHS OF PART OR THE WHOLE OF THE SITE BECOMING PERMANENTLY INOPERATIVE THE STRUCTURES SHALL BE REMOVED, AND THE SITE RESTORED TO ITS FORMER USE.

PERMANENTLY INOPERATIVE IS CONSIDERED TO BE WHEN A TURBINE HAS NOT BEEN IN OPERATION FOR THE PURPOSE OF ELECTRICITY PRODUCTION FOR A PERIOD EXCEEDING 6 MONTHS). 

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