400ft wind turbines would dwarf famous landmark

Reporter:

Matt Jones

PLANS to build two 400-foot wind turbines are to be revealed to the public.

Insulation firm Kingspan is looking to build the turbines at its site on Greenfield Business Park in a drive to reduce energy costs and help the environment.

Letters have been sent out to residents living close to the proposed development and a public exhibition will be held tomorrow between 4pm and 8pm at the Energi Centre, Kingspan, Greenfield Business Park No 2.

Greenfield county councillor Rosetta Dolphin said residents had raised concerns about the size of the 400ft (121.92-metre) turbines.

She said: “Residents have been in touch and said it is too big for the area and it will be a blot on the landscape. They also believe it will devalue property.

“This will affect all Greenfield and Holywell. Thousands will be affected. The size is enormous. There is a lot of concern amongst residents.

“If this is built, it could be the largest structure on the North Wales coast.”

Towers would measure more than 260ft, with the maximum blade height around 413ft.

The firm has been working with turbine installation firm Wind Direct on the plans but no formal planning application has yet been submitted to Flintshire Council.

Kingspan designs and manufactures fire-safe, insulated roof, wall and facade systems for the construction industry, employing more than 320 on site in Greenfield.

Town councillor Barry Scragg, who represents Greenfield, said he was concerned about possible noise pollution, but would support plans if regulations were followed. He said: “They (Kingspan) are a company that is into green energy and they are very involved in the community. As long as they go through the proper planning process and there are no objections from residents, on the face of it I see no problems.”

Daniel Hughes, development officer for Wind Direct, said: “The scheme would fall in line with the company’s current portfolio of energy saving and environmentally sustainable activities, which seek to achieve carbon neutrality by 2020.

“Wind speed has been recorded on-site since 2008 through a 50-metre-high mast.
“Using this information and through environmental surveys, including bird surveys, a feasibility assessment has been undertaken and has identified that two 2.5MW turbines could be installed at the site.

“This will bring price stability and security to Kingspan, which is a large consumer of electricity and a major employer in the area.”

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