Controversial plans for a new chain of wind farms in Powys are being discussed at a public inquiry which has resumed in Welshpool today. The hearing is looking at any possible impact the developments could have on the landscape.
The plans would see wind farms at five sites near Welshpool. Between them they would involve 800 turbines. Once a decision has been made on the sites, the National Grid will then agree a route for 25 miles of connecting pylons. Kevin Ashford reports.
A public inquiry into controversial plans for 800 wind turbines across mid-Wales will resume in Welshpool today. The applications are by six developers and cover five windfarm sites as well as the infrastructure to get the electricity generated to the National Grid.
The schemes are being opposed by a coalition of 21 separate groups. Supporters say the windfarms are vital to help meet ‘green’ energy targets. Critics say the developments would have a devastating effect on the surrounding countryside.
Before it adjourned last month, the inquiry considered the impact on transport and ancient monuments in the area. The main topic for discussion over the next few days will be what effect the windfarms would have on the landscape.
The inquiry was triggered after Powys County Council refused to grant planning permission for the schemes.