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Four mid Wales windfarms rejected

Plans for four new windfarms in mid Wales have been rejected by the UK government. Energy minister Andrea Leadsom has taken the decision following a public inquiry into the four proposals.

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The proposed new windfarms triggered angry protests, largely because of the pylons that would connect them to the national grid. The minister has approved one proposal, at Llandinam, which would replace an existing windfarm. But she has rejected plans for its link to the grid. So it can only go ahead if an acceptable alternative route can be found.

Our wondrous landscapes have been saved from wanton desecration. We have protected the legacy which we have enjoyed, for our children to love in the way we do. Today is a very good day indeed for Montgomeryshire.

I am pleased that Department of Energy and Climate Change ministers have listened to the inspirational protest movement that rose up against the plans of the Welsh Government to desecrate mid Wales with pylons and several hundred additional turbines. It was a wholly unreasonable and insensitive proposal.

I very much hope that National Grid will quickly withdraw its proposal for its disfiguring 400kv line and massive substation. The money wasted is an utter scandal.

– Montgomeryshire Conservative MP Glyn Davies

The windfarm developers have described the decision as a devastating blow to mid Wales because of the lost income for local businesses and communities.

Back in 2013 I questioned whether Powys could afford to lose the £50 million investment these wind farms were set to bring to the area. It seems that with today’s decision, that investment into mid Wales will be lost for good, and the people of Wales will be the poorer for it.

Given the blows the UK Government are raining down onto the renewable energy sector on both consents and subsidies, ministers will be heading to the Paris climate discussions with their credibility in tatters.

– David Clubb, RenewableUK Cymru