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Council objects to two mid Wales wind farms

Powys County Council has formally objected to two large onshore wind farm schemes currently the subject of s36 applications to the Department of Energy and Climate Change.

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Both projects are now almost certain to be considered by a planning inquiry. The sites for the proposals are in part of mid Wales designated for wind farm development under current Welsh Government planning policy as set out in TAN 8.

The planning authority gave the thumbs-down to Nuon’s 17-turbine scheme with a capacity of around 51 megawatts planned for a site at Llanbadarn Fynnydd, near Newtown and RWEnpower renewable’s much larger proposal, a 50-turbine development with a capacity of up to 150 MW, earmarked for Carnedd Wen, Llanbrynmair.

Officers had recommended objecting to both schemes: the Llanbadarn Fynnydd application on highway grounds and the Carnedd Wen application on environment impact and highway grounds.

Members of the council added additional objections including the detrimental effect on tourism and concern over new overhead power lines and the possible need for a sub-station.

The leader of the council, Councillor Michael Jones, said: "We object to both applications because of their impact on the county's environment, the impact on the highway infrastructure and because they fail to meet a number of important national and county planning policies."

Roger Milne

14 March 2012