A company hoping to build a wind farm in Mid Wales has withdrawn an appeal against Powys County Council’s refusal of the plan.
Renewable energy company REG Windpower wanted to build a small wind farm at Pentre Tump, near Llanfihangel Nant Melan, but permission was refused by the council’s planning committee in February.
The company now says it will submit a new application in 2011.
The decision was taken after the Welsh Assembly ruled that plans for the wind farm, consisting of three turbines, must include an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).
The company says the new application will be conducted in accordance with EIA regulations.
“We are disappointed by the Welsh Assembly Government’s judgment that our plans for Pentre Tump, which were first submitted to Powys County Council eight years ago, now require an EIA,” said Matt Partridge, REG Windpower’s development director.
“However, we remain committed to the scheme and to bringing the benefits of renewable power to this part of Wales. We will therefore be submitting a fresh application later next year.”
The original application was submitted in 2002 but provoked a storm of protest, including 979 letters and e-mails, and three petitions objecting to the proposal.
The council’s planning committee rejected it on several grounds, including visual impact on the landscape and the effect on public rights of way.
The council also received 58 letters of support for the project.
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