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A long and winding road in Wales...

Tom Cosgrove discusses the path to the refusal of applications for onshore wind farms in Mid Wales, in the longest-running planning inquiry of its kind

27 October 2015

On 7 September 2015 it was announced that Amber Rudd, the new secretary of state for energy and climate change, had rejected applications for four onshore wind farms and an overhead line connection in Powys, Mid Wales. A further proposal to upgrade an existing wind farm was approved, but proposals for
a power line to link it to the national electricity grid were rejected.

The announcement came after a very long wait. On 23 October 2012, a combined public inquiry into the applications was called, pursuant to section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989, because the local authority, Powys County Council, objected to the applications.

The conjoined inquiry, which was the UK’s biggest onshore wind farm public inquiry and Wales’s longest-ever planning inquiry, sat for a year during 2013/14, and involved consideration of renewable energy and planning policy, landscape, tourism, the ...

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