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Britain's largest wind farm inquiry ends

Words: Sam Waddicor
Wales wind farm

The biggest public wind farm inquiry in the UK has come to a close.

Running since June 4 last year, Mid Wales (Powys) Conjoined Wind Farms Public Inquiry examined arguments for and against proposals for up to 600 megawatts of new capacity at sites in Powys identified under the Welsh government’s controversial TAN 8 policy.

Powys Council and residents' groups had challenged the plans on the grounds that the turbines would disfigure the landscape and harm tourism. The council later proposed compromise developments for the sites at Llaithddu, Llandinam, Llanbrynmair, Llanbadarn Fynydd and Carnedd Wen. 

Andrew Poulter, planning inspector for the £2.8m inquiry, will now submit his completed report, along with a recommendation, to energy and climate change secretary Ed Davey, who will make the final decision on the development.