RES have now submitted their full planning application to PEDW and it is awaiting validation.

Visual comparing 150m turbine to the 22 story block of flats

The proposals include 13 massive turbines 150m high; over twice as high as Cwmbran’s iconic 22 story block of flats. (There will be another 4 turbines on the Newbridge side, this is called the Trecelyn Wind Farm).

We have created this website to inform people about the proposed Mynydd Maen wind farm. Scroll down for more.

We all support renewable energy but we believe each project needs to be applied in ways that are sensitive to those environments that we are hoping to save. Is this the right scheme in the right place? Read on and spread the word!

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Typical excavation for a large turbine

Construction of each turbine will involve large machines removing the peat and all vegetation,  and digging a flat area of about 1.5 acres for each of 13 turbines. Peat, soil, subsoil and rock will be piled around the area as is shown here, ruining many acres of the sensitive habitat for many years, probably forever.

In addition RES propose the digging of three “Borrow Pits”, or quarries, to get stone for the roads. These are going to be a lot bigger that the excavation for each turbine,

8km of new tracks will be required across the mountain

8 kilometres of new tracks with drainage will be required to take the heaviest of loads. Peat and subsoil will have to be removed and piled alongside. In addition there will be 8km of cable trenches, an electricity substation, a maintenance yard and parking.

A typical turbine base

Each turbine base requires about 1000 tonnes of  concrete and 165 tonnes of steel. Concrete will be mixed off site and transported up through Pantside housing estate, Newbridge

After about 25 years (the typical service life of a turbine) only the top of the concrete will be removed and it will be covered with earth/peat etc..

A blade for 145m turbine being transported to Muirhall Wind Farm, Scotland

If both wind farms are approved there will be 51 long loads like this accessing the mountain via Central Avenue and Old Pant Road in Pantside housing estate and then on to Abercarn Mountain Road.  In addition there will be at least 100 or more heavier loads (pieces of the towers, the nacelles (hub and generator), heavy plant, cranes and transformers, in addition to thousands of concrete lorries, construction workers cars and so on.

The access route for all heavy vehicles, There will be many thousands of them

In Pantside it will be necessary to remove handrails, traffic islands, lamp-posts; flatten a roundabout etc, and ban parking on much of the route.

Abercarn Mountain Road suffers a worse fate, it will be decimated, unrecognisable. Trees and recently restored drystone walls will have to be removed in the lane and the lane will be widened and then diverted onto new wide gravel tracks in adjacent fields for much of it’s length.

It is not unlikely at all that one or more new turbine blades will be required during the lifetime of the wind farm, so, if the road is reinstated then all this will have to be done again! In any case when the wind farm is redundant, in say 25 years, how will all the components be removed from the mountain without one again decimating  the lane!

The harsh reality of living near wind turbines

The turbines will be heard! RES will tell you they are within the industry standards but those standards are out of date and not fit for purpose!

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The harsh reality of living near wind turbines

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We all support renewable energy but we believe each project needs to be applied in ways that are sensitive to those environments that we are hoping to save. Is this the right scheme in the right place? Read on and spread the word!

The Proposals

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Images and Visualisations

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The Lawrence Weston Turbine

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Torfaen and Blaenau Gwent Forward Planning Documents

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Researchers warn of ‘urgent’ need to understand impact of windfarms on precious peatlands

There is an urgent need to assess the potential impact of windfarms being installed on precious and vulnerable peatlands, according to a new study.

The study revealed more than 640 wind turbines on blanket bogs across the European Union and the UK

Environmental scientists at Nottingham Trent University have for the first time mapped the extent of known windfarm infrastructures, such as wind turbines and vehicle tracks, on recognised blanket bogs in Europe.

Blanket bogs – a rare type of peatland commonly found in areas with lots of rain and low temperatures – are typically found on hill summits where wind energy potential is higher, making them attractive sites for windfarm developments.


Job Opportunities with RES

Two likely lads required over the next 25 years for maintenance on The Mynydd Maen Wind Farm if the project goes ahead. Application forms from RES, Cedar House, Greenwood Cl, Pontprennau, Cardiff CF23 8RD

Watch: wind farms – a lot more than meets the eye

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