Status: Completed

Planning Application Ref: 13/0582/FULL

LPA: Caerphilly County Borough

Located near Maesycwmmer in South Wales, Bryn-ysgawen Farm will benefit from a single wind turbine generating significant amounts of safe, clean renewable energy. Planning permission was granted in November 2013 for:

  • A single 500kW wind turbine with a tip height of 77 metres
  • An associated substation (approx. 6 metres x 3 metres)
  • A crane hard-standing which will measure 20 metres by 35 metres and will be located adjacent to the wind turbine
  • A new access track of 163 metres will be created from the existing farm track

The development is located on the upper valley slopes of Mynydd Bach within Caerphilly.

  • Why is the development needed?

    • This site will produce approximately 1,851,000 kWh of electricity every year; this is enough to power over 500 average homes
    • This 500kW turbine will displace 500 tons of CO2 every year caused by conventional gas or coal fired generators
    • The UK is currently dependent on the import of oil, coal, gas, and electricity. This turbine will help with the UK security of supply

  • Why here?

    Identifying an appropriate site for a wind turbine is a complex and lengthy process. We look to ensure our projects have the least possible impact on the local area and consider numerous factors before we decide to progress. The location at Bryn-ysgawen Farm benefits from:

    • Good wind speed (on average 6.7 metres a second)
    • Good site access
    • Minimal effect on locally or nationally designated environments
    • A viable connection to the electricity grid
    • No impact on civil or military aviation
    • The ability to site a turbine an appropriate distance from homes

  • The Location

    Bryn-ysgawen Farm Wind Turbine Location

    The site is located in a rural area 0.85 kilometres west of Ynysddu and 2.8 kilometres north of Bedwas. The site is bounded by a mountain road to the west and agricultural farmland to all other boundaries. The owner of the land resides at Bryn-ysgawen farm. The farm is located 358 metres north of the proposed turbine location.

     

  • Technical Considerations

    Noise – A full noise assessment has been carried out and approved by Caerphilly County Borough Council. No dwellings will be subject to noise levels above nationally stated environmental health standards set out in ETSU-R-97.

    Shadow Flicker – A shadow flicker assessment has been carried out and was approved as part of the planning application. This shows that no dwellings in the proximity of the development will suffer from the effects of shadow flicker.

    Ecology – A full Ecological Study was undertaken as part of the planning application. It concluded that the effects on local ecology were minimal and acceptable. Caerphilly County Borough Council agreed.

    Archaeology and Cultural Heritage – An Archaeology and Cultural Heritage study was submitted as part of the planning application and approved. This concluded that there would be no impact from the development.

    Aviation and Ministry of Defence – No objections were received from either civil or MoD aviation in relation to the safety of aircraft.

  • Landscape & Visual Impact

    It is inevitable that the wind turbine will be seen in the surrounding area. A formal assessment of landscape and visual impact was undertaken in line with strict guidelines and it was concluded that the impacts were minimal and acceptable.