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Company working on layout for new windfarm

A company proposing a windfarm of up to 35 turbines says it will release a layout early next year.

Plans for Mynydd Lluest y Graig Windfarm, five kilometres south west of Llanerfyl, are being developed by the energy company Vattenfall.

The firm says the project would consist of anywhere between 25 and 35 turbines and is a combination of two other proposals – Mynydd Waun Fawr Wind Farm (which was submitted to Powys County Council in 2007) and a more recent neighbouring proposal called Rhyd Ddu.

A spokesman for the company said: “Vattenfall took the decision in 2013 to withdraw the Mynydd Waun Fawr application and combine it with the Rhyd Ddu site to create a single, combined scheme that can be designed to maximise local benefit and minimise cumulative impacts.”

He added: “The exact scale and generating capacity of the windfarm is yet to be determined, but at present we consider the site has the potential for between 25 and 35 turbines.”

It is expected that the site will generate more than 50mw of electricity, meaning a final decision on its approval will be taken by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change.

A final decision is anticipated in 2017.

Ruari Lean, senior development manager at Vattenfall, said a recent consultation on the project had seen concerns raised over the visual impact of the windfarm and the effect on local roads.

He said: “We would like to thank everyone who attended and provided initial feedback on Mynydd Lluest y Graig, which has helped us better understand local people’s initial interest, concerns and ideas for the project. A range of comments were received, particularly in relation to potential visual impacts and a need to understand better the impact on roads during construction.

“We will now work towards designing an initial windfarm layout with a view to being able to share this with local communities next year. We will also continue to provide information and address the questions raised over the coming months.”