Powys Council has granted planning permission for an extension to a large-scale windfarm in Carno.
Having been previously recommended for approval by planning officers, councillors voted seven to five in favour of Carno 3 – a 13-wind-turbine extension to wind farms located around five miles southeast of Llanidloes.
Planning officers told members that, despite “assessments identifying a number of harmful impacts”, “in the light of the policy support for new wind farm development” the project should be supported sunject to conditions.
The project will feature turbines with a 126.5-metre tip height of between 2MW and 3.2MW and is an extension to the 34MW Carno 1 and 15.6MW Carno 2.
Amegni Renewables submitted supplementary environmental information last July to reduce the project’s scope from 18 to 13 turbines in response to comments from consultees after the project’s planning application was originally submitted in July 2010.
The project will bring the total number of turbines at the sites to 81.
A report into the plans said the proposal will “generate up to 39MW of renewable electricity”, the equivalent of providing electricity for around 17,000 homes.
“Following submission of the 18-turbine scheme in July 2010, 450 representations from members of the public were received,” the report said.
“There were 360 letters of support and 90 letters of objection.”
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