Welsh wind farm plans rejected by Whitehall

The Department of Energy and Climate Change has rejected plans for four onshore wind farms in Mid-Wales.

Ministers announced this week that plans for onshore wind farms in Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair onshore and Carnedd Wen have been refused follow a lengthy combined public inquiry, which closed in May 2014.

The Government did grant consent to repower the Llandinam wind farm, but refused permission for a new overhead power line between it and the Welshpool substation.

Commenting on the decision, David Clubb, Director of RenewableUK Cymru, said: “Back in 2013 I questioned whether Powys could afford to lose the £50 million investment these wind farms were set to bring to the area.  It seems that with today’s decision, that investment into Mid Wales will be lost for good, and the people of Wales will be the poorer for it.”

But a DECC spokesperson said: “Careful consideration has been given to each application, and the planning and energy issues involved.”

Jamie Hailstone is a freelance journalist and author, specializing in local government, transport and energy issues