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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.

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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June 20, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Court of Appeal overturns Welsh wind turbine approval

The Court of Appeal has overturned a planning permission for a single wind turbine on a farm in Wales, after ruling that its impact on a nearby listed church had been ignored. Farmer Colin Bagley erected the 41.8-metre high turbine at Upper Pengarth, Llandeilo Graban, near Builth Wells, last year. Powys County Council had granted planning consent for the turbine in May 2015. But now its future is in doubt after Appeal Court judges in London overturned the permission and . . .

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May 30, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

13 new turbines approved at site of Mid Wales wind farm

A huge renewable energy development comprising 13 wind turbines will be built on land next to an existing Mid Wales wind farm. Planning officers at Powys County Council have granted full permission for the development known as Carno 3 on land adjacent to Carno Wind Farm. The site will feature 13 wind turbines up to 126.5 metres to the blade tip and generate up to 39 megawatts of renewable power, and will be situated near to the existing wind farms . . .

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May 18, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Blow for campaigners trying to defend home of ‘Mother of Wales’

Campaigners against plans to put power lines across an historic area that was once home to the so-called ‘Mother of Wales’ have been dealt a major blow. The High Court has rejected an appeal against proposals to put overhead cables across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire , including land near Llannefydd. The farmhouse there was known to be home of Katheryn of Berain, a powerful Welsh noblewoman from the time of Elizabeth I. She was known as the ‘Mother . . .

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May 16, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Clocaenog Forest pylons legal challenge fails

A legal challenge to try and stop overhead cables being erected across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire has been dismissed by the High Court. SP Manweb is set to put up 18 pylons linking two wind farms in Clocaenog Forest with a substation at Glascoed, near St Asaph. The plans were approved by Energy Secretary Greg Clark last year. Opponents argued it would impact the countryside and farming, and called for the cables to be laid underground. The judicial . . .

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April 27, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Plan for Radnorshire wind farm rejected

A proposed wind farm near common land in Radnorshire has been rejected by councillors. Hendy Wind Farm Limited was seeking planning permission for seven turbines with blades reaching 110 metres high, on land off the A44 at Llandegley near Llandegley Rhos Common and said it had the support of land owners. The wind farm would have provided electricity for 10,000 homes for 25 years and permission could be renewed after that. But Powys council’s planning committee, meeting at County Hall, . . .

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April 27, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Llandegley beauty spot wind farm plans before Powys council

Plans to build a wind farm at a Powys beauty spot could deter tourists visiting, according to campaigners. Hendy Wind Farm Ltd said its proposal to build seven turbines at Llandegley near Llandrindod Wells had the support of land owners. The planning committee has been recommended to approve it on Thursday. Four of the turbines could be built on a protected public right of way, according to preservation body the Open Spaces Society. This could make it common land, according . . .

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April 21, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Appeal launched over plan for massive wind turbine in Ffrith

A government inspector will decide whether plans for a wind turbine “twice the height of Chester Cathedral” should go ahead. Nant Y Ffrith Wind Energy Ltd has lodged an appeal over plans to build a 77-metre wind turbine at Mount Farm, Ffrith. The highly controversial plan was thrown out by Flintshire Council’s planning committee in October last year over flight safety fears. But the applicant claims Hawarden Airport, which lodged objections to the proposal, “greatly exaggerated” the risks. In documents . . .

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April 13, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Group welcomes U-turn over Powys solar and wind energy plans

A group protecting rural Wales has welcomed an apparent U-turn on controversial Local Development Plans (LDP) for vast areas of solar and wind energy in Powys. Earlier this year, new LDP plans released by Powys County Council (PCC) showed large areas would be open to renewable energy, with the council claiming it was a requirement of the Welsh Government. This was denied by the Government, and more work was required by Powys. The work has included considerations, such as: The . . .

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