Powys wind farm rejected

Powys County Council has refused a planning application for the 23-turbine Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm in Radnorshire.

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Developer 'disappointed' as wind farm plan refused

The developer RES says it is "disappointed" by Powys County Council's rejection of its plans to build a wind farm at Garreg Lwyd Hill in Radnorshire.

It said the wind farm would have provided a "safe, secure and low-carbon source of electricity" and "brought benefits to the local community."

We are deeply disappointed by the decision today. We felt that the evidence we had presented in the original application and supplementary reports clearly demonstrated that the wind farm would have no significant effects on local people, the local environment or local wildlife. In addition, the wind farm was proposed for a site lying entirely within an area designated for renewable energy development.

The vast majority of people now accept that fossil fuels are running out. The UK already imports more than 50 per cent of its gas from other countries, leaving us increasingly vulnerable to global political and financial fluctuations. It is very difficult to understand why the council would reject an environmentally friendly and beneficial energy-generating scheme like this wind farm.

Powys County Council should explain how it intends to fulfil its responsibilities to secure a reliable and sustainable energy supply, if high quality and benign projects like Garreg Lwyd Wind Farm are turned down.

– Richard Evans, RES Head of Development in Wales

Powys Council rejects Radnorshire wind farm plan

Powys County Council has refused plans for a wind farm near Llanbadarn Fynydd, in Radnorshire.

Developer RES says the Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm proposal consists of 23 turbines, at a maximum height of 126.5m, which would generate enough electricity to power more than half of the homes in Powys.

Developer RES says the wind farm would make a genuine contribution to renewable energy targets. Credit: Garreg Lwyd Hill Wind Farm

It is located within an area designated by the Welsh Government for renewable energy development.

Members of the authority's planning committee have unanimously voted to refuse consent to the application today.


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