Mynydd Lluest y Graig
In 2013, Vattenfall took the decision to withdraw Mynydd Waun Fawr wind farm (15 turbines) from the planning process and develop a new application for a single site in conjunction with the proposed Rhyd Ddu wind farm (23 turbines), which was a neighbouring site in the early stages of development. Mynydd Lluest y Graig is the name by which this site will now be known and progressed.
Mynydd Waun Fawr’s application for 16 wind turbines 3km south west of Llanerfyl was submitted to Powys County Council in 2007. In January 2009 Supplementary Environmental Information was also submitted, reducing the application to 15 turbines. It has not been determined by the local planning authority.
In 2009, a scoping report for the Rhyd Ddu project was sent to key consultees on the project proposal. This was followed by a series of drop-in days with the surrounding local communities to gain their feedback and ideas.
By developing a wind farm on a single, combined site we can work with stakeholders and local communities from the beginning of the process to explore the potential of this site in a way that will maximise the benefits from this renewable energy project to the region, whilst working to minimise cumulative impacts. The development will be over 50MW of installed capacity, it is defined as a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and we will therefore be applying for a Development Consent Order (DCO) from the Secretary of State. More information will be available in early 2014.
Working with local communities
We will be undertaking a detailed programme of engagement and consultation that will provide opportunities for stakeholders and the local community to help shape our plans before we apply for planning consent.
Vattenfall is committed to developing the best possible wind energy projects that ensure our investment brings tangible long-term value to Wales and focuses on priorities set by communities throughout development. This has been clearly demonstrated at Pen y Cymoedd, our wind farm consented last year, where we are working with local groups to deliver apprenticeships, education and training, tourism benefits, environmental improvements and a fund for community projects.