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Developers will not appeal windfarm plan rejection  

Credit:  Published by: Emma Mackintosh, County Times, www.countytimes.co.uk 8 November 2010 ~~

A renewable energy company has withdrawn its appeal concerning a possible windfarm in Radnorshire, it has been revealed.

REG Windpower, the trading name for Cornwall Light & Power, have withdrawn their appeal against Powys County Council’s refusal of the application for a small windfarm at Pentre Tump.

Cornwall Light & Power Ltd had sought planning permission to construct a three-turbine windfarm at the site in Llanfihangel Nant Melan, New Radnor, but the application was refused by members of Powys Planning Committee.

More than 50 local residents attended the planning meeting in February this year, protesting against the application.

The decision to withdraw their appeal followed a ruling by the Welsh Assembly Government that plans for the small windfarm must include an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA).

The company will now be submitting a new planning application in 2011.

REG Windpower’s new application will be conducted in accordance with the full EIA regulations, said their development director Matt Partridge.

“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,” he said.

“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.”

Based in Bath and Truro, REG Windpower currently owns and operates nine wind projects in Cambridgeshire, Cornwall, County Durham, Yorkshire, Cumbria and Gwynedd.

Source:  Published by: Emma Mackintosh, County Times, www.countytimes.co.uk 8 November 2010

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