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Opposition to bid to build eco-friendly homes Tros Y Wern Farm, Ruthin Road, Gwernymynydd

PLANS to build three eco-friendly houses, each powered by a 45ft- high wind turbine, on the edge of a village have come under fire.

The application for the properties at Tros Y Wern Farm, Ruthin Road, Gwernymynydd, is being opposed by community councillors.

Apart from criticising the height and appearance of the proposed houses, councillors said they’d been given little time to put their objections in writing.

Now an intervention by local county councillor Nancy Matthews has given objectors a breathing space.

Flintshire County Council says a panel of councillors was originally set to decide on the application, but it would now go to the planning committee in March.

Community council chairman Elwyn Owens said a document obtained from County Hall disclosed three councillors and three officers discussed the application on January 21 and had recommended permission.

This was despite the fact the council’s website and conversations with officers had indicted the closing date for comments was February 4.

Community councillor Liz Parry said opponents felt the design of the three proposed houses would be out of character with the area.

Their design and elevation meant they would overlook properties in nearby Godre’r Coed.

Cllr Parry also fears the wind turbines will be a blot on the landscape and generate unacceptable levels of noise.

Glyn Jones, Flintshire’s acting head of planning services, said: “It was originally intended to determine the application at a panel of members including the chairman and vice chairman of the planning and development control committee.

“However, at the request of the local county council member, the matter will now be considered at a meeting of the planning and development control committee in March.”

Gareth Davies of applicant Osghan Ltd, based near Holywell, said the three properties had been designed to blend in with the village setting and would be constructed using local materials.

He said the wind turbines would provide 50% of the power needs of each property and had been sited to ensure minimal visual impact on the landscape. Any noise generated by the turbines would be directed away from the village by prevailing winds.

He said the house were designed to specifications drawn up by the Welsh Assembly.

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