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Wind farm plan to go public as first consultation starts

The largest of the three proposed wind farms in north east Carmarthenshire begins its round of public consultation this Friday.

A company called RWE Npower Renewables wants to build 28 turbines on Forestry Commission land east of Alltwalis – behind the current 10 turbines.

As this development is so big, it will not go before planners on Carmarthenshire Council and will instead be put before the new Infrastructure Planning Commission, which deals with projects like new power stations.

Project officer Bethan Thomas said: “We want as many people as possible to take this opportunity to give us their views.

“This is the stage where feedback can most help us improve the proposals. We look forward to meeting local people in the coming weeks and we will be reviewing all the feedback received once the consultation ends on 6 April.”

The development is called Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm and the company is holding exhibitions in villages around the area, beginning this Friday and continuing into March.

Ms Thomas added that the view of people would be put forward as part of the application. As well as the exhibitions, people have 56 days, until April 6, to put forward their observations.

She said: “This is the period during which people can most influence the final plans by giving their feedback on the proposals.”

Also on the table for the area are two sets of plans for two different wind farms.

Npower again wants planning permission to build 12 turbines north of Abergorlech and Renewable Energy Systems Ltd wants to build 21 turbines on Mynydd Llanllwni. Both these will go before Carmarthenshire Council’s planning committee in the normal way. Consultation for the Llanllwni application closes on Wednesday, February 23.

Exhibitions on Brechfa Forest West begin this Friday between 2pm and 8pm at Brechfa Church Hall; then a week on Saturday, February 26, between 10am and 3pm at

Llanybydder School and Monday, February 28, 2pm to 8pm, at Llanllwni Church Hall.

There are further meetings in March on Thursday, March 10, 2pm to 8pm, at Llanpumsaint Memorial Hall; Saturday March 19, noon until 5pm, at Llanllwni Church Hall, Llanllwni again and last of all on Saturday, March 26, noon until 5pm, at Brechfa Church Hall.

Brechfa Forest West, in the Afon Pib Valley, Carmarthenshire, would have a generating capacity of between 56 and 84 megawatts. The proposals also involve 9.1km of new access tracks, upgrading 12.7km of existing access tracks, an onsite substation, hard standing areas and cabling, as well as a wind monitoring mast.