The location and proposal are informed by a wide variety of detailed technical investigations. The application has been submitted with a suite of documents including the following:
- Heritage Assessment
- Aviation and Communication Statement
- Ecological Statement
- Bat Report
- Landscape and Visual Impact Assessment
- Preliminary Risk Assessment
- Noise Assessment
- Planning, Design and Access Statement
- Shadow Flicker Assessment
- Transport and Access Statement
Statements and assessments have been submitted with the planning application to the Vale of Glamorgan Council and consultees to consider and scrutinise. We set out below a summary of the findings for key issues:
A full noise assessment has been carried out and approved by Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council. No dwellings will be subject to noise levels above nationally stated environmental health standards set out in ETSU-R-97.
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.
A full Ecological Study was undertaken as part of the planning application. It concluded that the effects on local ecology were minimal and acceptable. Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council agreed.
Public Rights of Way (PRoW): –
A public right of way runs close to the turbine site. A risk assessment has been carried out to determine the potential risk of this turbine. The proposed wind turbine (EWT DirectWIND 54 500kW) has an impeccable safety record.
There are in excess of 500 EWT turbines in operation across the world, with over 100 turbines located in the United Kingdom. There have been no incidences of
blade failure, rotor failure or tower failure for an EWT turbine anywhere in the world.
The proposed turbine at The Grange farm has been sited to avoid impact on the PRoW and would not cause any risk to footpath users. There would be some limited disturbance to the PRoW during the construction and decommissioning periods, whereby the PRoW would be temporarily diverted in the interests of public safety.
Aviation and Ministry of Defence (MoD) –
No objections were received from either civil or MoD aviation in relation to the safety of aircraft.