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Wind farm plan for Oakdale business park

Caerphilly council is set to take ownership of four areas of land at the flagship Oakdale Business Park, which will allow a wind farm to be built there.

The local authority has carried out a major reclamation project, turning the derelict former Oakdale Colliery site into a 170-acre business park.

It is now the largest single site allocated for employment in Caerphilly’s local development plan and the only site within the council’s ownership which can be made available for immediate development.

In a report about the site, property manager Allison Ward described it as “one of the most strategically important sites within the county borough”.

The report, discussed at a cabinet meeting earlier this week, states how the local authority granted a lease for Partnerships for Renewables to build two wind turbines on the site, which could power 2,400 homes.

However, when granting permission, a search of the council’s title documents found that there are four areas of land running through the site which are not within its ownership.

In Ms Ward’s report, she says this is due to errors in data provided by the Land Registry when the local authority made a compulsory purchase order in May 2010.

Cabinet members agreed to make a further compulsory purchase order for the four outstanding areas of land. Ms Ward said in her report: “Since the colliery site was reclaimed during the mid 1990s, it is considered unlikely that any third party will have title to the subject land.”

However, until the council is able to prove ownership, there is potential for delay in lease or sale of the affected land.”

She said it is unlikely that individual landowners will come forward, but if claims are received, they can be met from the council’s budget. Members voted to make the compulsory purchase order after being recommended to do so “to consolidate the council’s land ownership of Oakdale Business Park”.