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Council says NO to two more wind farms

Created on 13/03/2012 @ 19:20


Plans to turn Montgomeryshire into a massive wind power hub have been delivered their second big blow in a week, after  Powys County Council decided to formally object to two large applications today (Tuesday).
While the final decision on Llanbadarn Fynnydd, near Newtown and Llanbrynmair will be made by the Department of Energy and Climate Change, Powys County Council has left them in no doubt what the county feels thinks the plans which are fiercely opposed by residents.

The Cabinet decision to object is likely to trigger a public inquiry, but councillors took the advice of their officers who mywelshpool revealed last week had recommended to object on highway grounds (Llanbadarn Fynnydd) and on environment impact and highway grounds (Llanbrynmair).

The Cabinet added additional grounds for objecting to the applications including the unacceptable landscape and visual impact of the applications; the detrimental effect on tourism as well as other economic factors.
The council also voiced concerns that the additional wind farms would result in pylon corridors running through the shire to carry the power across the border into Shropshire’s Grid connection. It will now seek additional funding from the Welsh Government to aid with the cost of subsequent public inquiries.

Leader of the Council, Councillor Michael Jones said: “The Cabinet carefully considered reports for both applications and unanimously agreed to support the recommendations and formally object to the proposals.

“We object to both applications because of their impact on the county’s environment, the impact on the highway infrastructure and because they fail to meet a number of important national and county planning policies.”

The Cabinet is expected to respond to four further Department of Energy and Climate Change wind farm applications by the end of September.

Last week (March 6) the county council’s Planning Committee refused an application for an 11-turbine wind farm near Carno.
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