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Awel y Môr Offshore Wind Farm
Received 06 July 2022
From Glyndwr University on behalf of Glyndwr Innovations Limited
“This Relevant Representation is made by Glyndwr University (“Respondent”) as interested party and leaseholder of the building and land known as Optic Technology Centre (“Centre”) located at Ffordd William, St Asaph Business Park, St Asaph, LL11 0JD. The Respondent has previously engaged with the Applicant providing a section 42 response to the earlier statutory consultation concerning the Project in 2021. It follows that as part of this process, the Respondent raised a number of concerns with the Applicant regarding both short and long-term adverse impact to the Respondent and its business operations from the noise and vibration implications arising from the proposed Project and identified within the Applicant’s Preliminary Environmental Information Report. The nature of the Respondent and Centre’s business operations predominantly consist of precision optical systems, including optical fabrication and surface metrology which relies on vibration-sensitive machinery. The Respondent’s primary concern is and remains to be that low ground-born low frequency (sub-micron level) vibrations which are likely to arise out of the Project (including but not limited to the development of an onshore substation and corridor in close proximity to the Centre) would render machinery used by the Respondent for its processes unusable and substantially and detrimentally effect its undertakings at the Centre without reasonable and appropriate mitigation. The Respondent has reviewed the Applicant’s Application together with accompanying documents including the Environmental Impact Assessment, Consultation Report and Noise and Vibration Mitigation Plan and remains concerned that these do not appropriately consider the nature of the area for which the proposed on-shore element of the development concerns such as St Asaph Business Park which consists of a high proportion of businesses similar to that of the Respondent who operate during the days and timings proposed by the Applicant with respect to the Applicant to undertake Project construction nor appropriately addresses the Respondent’s earlier concerns outlined within its earlier section 42 response and possible options for mitigation for the Project as discussed between the Applicant and Respondent in October 2021 including consideration of such days and times the development could be undertaken in order that the impact on the Respondent, as a commercial enterprise, arising from any subsequent development by the Applicant could be reasonably and proportionately reduced.”