Plans for a windfarm development in Mid Wales will go before planning chiefs next year, it has been revealed.
Developers have now submitted a planning application to Powys County Council for Mynydd Waun Fawr, situated two miles from the village of Llanerfyl.
The project, to develop the 16 turbine windfarm, has been set up by Nuon Renewables who have been investigating the feasibility of a windfarm at the site for three years, undertaking a detailed survey and assessment work.
A Nuon Renewables spokesman said: “The site could provide around 13 per cent of the 290 MW Welsh Assembly’s target for the Carno north strategic search area in which the site is located. The site lies on open mooreland and is owned by five local farmers and landowners.
“Our plans are to install a total of 16 40MW wind turbines with a maximum height of 110 metres on the site. The project could produce clean electricity for the equivalent of 23,000 local homes.”
Opposing the application, one local resident who did not wish to be named, said: “I wonder how many people are aware that if planning consent is granted for a 16 turbine windfarm on Mynydd Waun Fawr – one of the most beautiful spots in Mid Wales will be utterly and permanently wrecked.
“This area, above Llanerfyl and Llanfair Caereinion, contains the three lakes Llyn Hir, Llyn y Grinwydden and Llyn Bugail – well known to local people as places of very special beauty and tranquillity, and a refuge for a diverse and important range of wildfowl.”
A Powys County Council spokesman said: “We have received two applications for windfarms so far and can confirm one of them is for Mynydd Waun Fawr.
“Because the turbines are under 50 MW a decision will be made by Powys County Council. However, this application is not expected to go before a planning meeting until March next year.
“We are expecting to receive a further 12 applications in the near future, eight of these will be for the Carno north area and four for the Newtown south area.”
By Anwen Evans
30 November 2007
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