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Wind Power News: Wales


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

November 15, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbines ‘30m taller than Big Ben’ to be built in the Rhondda

People have voiced their opposition to two “eyesore” wind turbines that could soon be built in the Rhondda and would reach higher than Big Ben. The plans would see two wind turbines with a maximum height of 125m – higher than Wales’ tallest building – installed at Llwyncelyn Farm in Porth , with the plans set to be discussed by Rhondda Cynon Taf council ’s planners this week. It comes after a proposal for a single wind turbine at the . . .

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October 8, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

A huge wind turbine could be built in the Valleys despite fears over Cardiff Airport-bound planes

A wind turbine could soon be built in the Valleys that would be higher than Wales’ tallest building, despite fears over planes flying into Cardiff Airport. The proposals for a single wind turbine have been pushed through by Rhondda Cynon Taf council planners subject to an agreement being reached with the airport, after it was revealed it could cause an “aviation risk” to landing planes. Standing at 126m to the tip of the blade, the development would be built at . . .

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September 29, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Ffrith turbine rejected due to plane safety concern

Plans for a controversial wind turbine in Flintshire have been rejected on appeal after concerns about aircraft safety. The turbine, standing at 77m (252ft), had been planned for Mount Farm in Ffrith. But Flintshire council rejected the plans last year due to the potential impact to planes on approach or leaving Hawarden Airport. An appeal by West Coast Energy Ltd has been dismissed by a planning inspector. A council report said the inspector “did not consider the renewable energy benefits” . . .

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September 14, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Llandegley windfarm saga continues

An appeal has been lodged with the Wales Planning Inspectorate against a decision made by Powys Planning Committee to decline permission for a seven turbine windfarm near Llandegley. In April this year, the proposed Hendy Wind Farm development with 110 metre tall turbines on Llandegley Rhos beside the Llandegley Rocks, was almost unanimously turned down by Powys planning committee, 11 to one. The original planning application (code: P/2014/0672) was refused at the Powys County Council Planning Committee meeting on Thursday, . . .

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September 7, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Wind turbine plans for Rhydycroesau are blown away by people power

Campaigners have welcomed news that a proposed wind turbine in Rhydycroesau has been scrapped. But they still have concerns over Engena Limited’s plans to create a renewable energy park on the English/Welsh border at Cefn-Y-Maes, which would include a 2,588 solar panel farm and an energy storage facility. Miles Hunter, owner of the award-winning Pen-Y-Dyffryn Hotel, which looks across the proposed site, who was one of those who objected to the plans, said it was a positive that the turbine . . .

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September 6, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Valley baffled as turbines on stop

Residents have been left baffled as to why a wind farm’s turbines had not been turning for more than a month. Amman and Swansea Valley residents have expressed their concern after the wind farm development, Mynydd y Betws, had not been seen in operation for six weeks. Mynydd y Betws is located between Ammanford and Clydach. Resident Michael Davies, who can see the wind farm from his home in Cwmllynfell and his work in Tairgwaith said: “The turbines have been . . .

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August 26, 2017 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plans scrapped for 101-metre high wind turbine near Oswestry

Plans for a 101-metre high turbine in Oswestry have been scrapped over concerns it would scar the landsape. Renewables firm, Engena Limited, originally submitted plans for one wind turbine and 2,588 solar panels near Rhydycroesau. But now company bosses behind Cefn-Y-Maes renewable energy park have removed the wind turbine aspect of the plans after the community claimed it would spoil the countryside. A statement from the company said: “Since the submission of the environmental statement and consideration of consultees responses . . .

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August 16, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Onshore wind farm at Alwen Forest moves a step closer

An onshore wind farm on the Conwy-Denbighshire border has moved a step closer with a company assigned to develop plans. Innogy Renewables UK has been asked by Natural Resources Wales (NRW) and Welsh Water to survey land at Alwen Forest, between Cerrigydrudion and Ruthin. Should a planning application be made, NRW will act as an advisor. A similar project at nearby Clocaenog provided controversial because of 10.5 miles (17km) of power lines needed. Campaigners were defeated in court action to . . .

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July 4, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Clocaenog Forest cable fight opponents admit defeat

A fight to stop overhead cables being erected across rural Denbighshire and Conwy is over after opponents conceded. SP Manweb plans to erect 10.5 miles (17km) of power lines linking Clocaenog wind farm to a substation at Glascoed. Members of Pylon the Pressure had been campaigning to stop the proposals, which they said would be a “blight on the landscape”. Campaigner John Mars-Jones said they had been advised the legal case was not strong enough. The group had argued the . . .

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June 20, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Judges order turbine Builth Wells review over church impact

A farmer may have to take down his wind turbine after judges ruled it impacted on a nearby listed church. The 41.8m-high (137ft) turbine at Upper Pengarth, near Builth Wells, was built last year following approval by Powys council. But London’s Court of Appeal said the council needs to reconsider the move. It was found to have failed to give “special regard” to preserving the setting of the Grade II-listed Llanbedr Church. The church is about one mile (1.5km) from . . .

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