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New wind farm proposal for Powys mountain

Words: Sam Waddicor

Developers of a proposed wind farm on a mountain in Powys have launched a series of drop-in sessions to gauge local opinion.

Plans are to construct between 25 and 35 turbines that would produce more than 50 MW.

There will be public consultations every day this week around Powys to give residents the chance to voice their feedback as well as identify any concerns. As the plans are classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NISP) developers will need to apply for a Development Consent Order (DCO). This is scheduled for 2016, with a planning decision not expected till 2017.

The current project is a combination of Vattenfall’s previous proposal at Myndd Waun Fawr, submitted to Powys County Council, in 2007 and a more recent project near Rhyd Ddu. It is in an area of mid-Wales that has been earmarked by the government as a zone for large-scale wind farm development.

The senior development manager at Vattenfall, Ruari Lean, said: “The project is in the very earliest stages of development, and we want to make sure that local people are involved from the beginning to shape the project, and share with us their key issues and discuss potential opportunities.”