Press release | 2014-06-17 | 11:00 AM

Energy firm start early discussions on wind farm plans

A developer is inviting local communities to initial drop in sessions as it begins work to explore awind farm development. 

Vattenfall, which is behind a number of wind farms across the UK, wants communities to comment on a potential project with between 25 and 35 wind turbines. This means the Mynydd Lluest y Graig scheme, approximately 20km west of Welshpool and 5km south west of Llanerfyl in Powys, will exceed 50 megawatts (MW) in capacity and will bedecided by the UK Government following extensive community and local authority consultation by Vattenfall. 

Ruari Lean, Senior Development Manager at Vattenfall, 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.” 

Initial studies, investigations and consultations, including these first of several information sessions, are being undertaken in relation to the site. Therefore the exact layout, scale and generating capacity of Mynydd Lluest y Graig has not yet been determined. The public drop in sessions will present, and seek feedback on, the proposed consultation programme, potential community benefits and initial information on environmental considerations.  

As the proposed development is for a wind farm with acapacity of more than 50MW it is classed as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP). Vattenfall hopes to submit an application to the Planning Inspectorate, which runs the NSIP process, in 2016. 

The public drop in sessions are being held in the following venues:

Date  Venue  Time 
Tuesday 24 June 2014 Adfa Village Hall, Adfa, Newtown, Powys, SY16 3DB 12pm - 7.30pm
Wednesday 25 June Llanfair Caereinion Public Institute, Llanfair Caereinion Powys, SY21 0RY  12pm - 7.30pm
Thursday 26 June Llanerfyl Hall,  LlanerfylNr WelshpoolSY21 0EQ 2:00 pm – 7.30pm
Friday 27 June Llanbrynmair Community Centre,  Llanbrynmair Powys, SY19 7DH 12pm - 7.30pm
Saturday 28 June Carno Community Centre, Carno Caersws Powys, SY17 5LH 11:30am-4:30pm