Renewable energy consultancy Natural Power has secured consent on behalf of Pany y Maen Wind Ltd for a seven-turbine site in Denbighshire, North Wales, which was initially refused by Denbighshire County Council.
The application for the project was originally rejected on the grounds of landscape and visual impact, impact on local dwellings and on the historic environment. However, this went to appeal and the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs has now agreed that the benefits of the scheme outweigh any potential negative impacts.
“We have been working on this project since 2012, and are delighted to have secured consent for our client” said John Woodruff, Head of Projects, Planning and Environment at Natural Power’s Welsh office in Aberystwyth. “This keeps our consent record in Wales at 100 percent, and we look forward to seeing the positive outcome of this new green energy development.”
The site of the wind farm project is located in commercial forestry next to lake Llyn Bran. This is an area that was designated as suitable for large-scale wind development by the Welsh Government. When complete, the wind farm will consist of seven wind turbines with a maximum tip height of 102 metres, with a total installed capacity of 17.5 MW. The construction phase will include a habitat restoration scheme and the grid connection to the wind farm is expected to be installed by 2021.