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.
– Richard Evans, RES Head of Development in Wales
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.