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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.

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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April 12, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Court battle resumes over pylons scheme across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire

The fight to stop overhead cables being erected across parts of rural Conwy and Denbighshire has reached the High Court. At a hearing in Llangefni on Monday lawyers locked horns over plans by SPManweb for pylons along an 11-mile route linking two windfarms at Clocaaenog with a substation at Glascoed, near St Asaph. When the process began four windfarms were proposed but two schemes have since been withdrawn. The courtroom was full to capacity, the observers being largely supporters of . . .

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March 23, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

One man’s fight to stop wind farm being built on his doorstep near Llangurig ends in dismay

One man’s fight to stop a wind farm being built on his doorstep has ended in dismay as his final appeal has been rejected. John Doré vowed to block plans for six turbines near Llangurig when planning approval was granted in August 2016. The challenge has taken him to Cardiff Crown Court and the High Court in London, fighting for a statutory review of the planning permission. His application to appeal against the High Court’s decision not to allow the . . .

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March 14, 2017 • WalesPrint storyE-mail story

Chinese steel ‘more than likely’ being used to build wind farm near Port Talbot

Neath resident and chair of Neath Chamber of Trade, Darren Nicholas has called the news a 'slap in the face' for Port Talbot steel workers. "It's ludicrous that they've sourced the steel from outside the UK in the middle of this massive crisis, caused partially by Chinese steel. It's a massive slap in the face for Port Talbot, and something needs to be done to stop this happening again."

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March 10, 2017 • England, WalesPrint storyE-mail story

New energy park will kill off our business

A renewable energy park could kill off tourism near Oswestry, according to business owners. Richard Connell, from the Oswestry Equestrian Centre, says the plans would be “horrific” for his business, while Miles Hunter, who runs the award-winning Pen-y-Dyffryn Country Hotel in Rhydycroesau, says the project has not got the backing of the community. Featuring a 102-metre wind turbine, 2,500 solar panels and an energy storage facility, the major Cefn Y Maes development would be on a vast scale and sit . . .

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