Infinergy's single wind turbine at A J Recycling approved

Today Pembrokeshire County Council’s Planning Committee gave the go ahead to plans for a single wind turbine at A J Recycling, a recycling plant in Boncath, overturning their officer’s recommendation for refusal.

Wind developer Infinergy’s Project Manager Tabitha Lewis said: “I’m absolutely delighted with the decision. Pembrokeshire’s Planning Committee have done the right thing by giving this wind turbine the green light. A J Recycling Wind Turbine has everything a good project should have; it is in a windy location, it has support from statutory consultees as well as the Community Council and local people and it will make a huge difference for the recycling plant. They will be using the green electricity generated by the wind turbine which will decrease their dependence on the diesel generators which they use now.”

Miss Lewis added: “The recycling plant is an important business in the area, providing 16 jobs to local people. The wind turbine will provide the on-site power supply which the business lacked so far. This will be an important factor in expanding the recycling business, boosting job numbers up to 40.”

PCC's Planning Officer recommended refusal following an objection from the National Park that the turbine would be visible from the National Park which is over 5 km away.

This is the fifth single 500kW machine Infinergy obtains planning permission for, giving a strong boost to its FiT portfolio. Over the last year, planning consent has been given to Burnbrae Farm Wind Turbine in Lanarkshire, Master's Quarry Wind Turbine in Dorset, White Lion Wind Turbine in Carmarthenshire and AG Barr Wind Turbine near Glasgow.

Infinergy will now proceed by arranging finance for the project, discharging the planning conditions associated with the consent and further preparations. The aim is to have the turbine fully commissioned by spring 2014.

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