Vattenfall to merge Welsh projects
Vattenfall is to combine two wind farm projects in Mid Wales to create a single 50MW-plus scheme.
The Swedish company will withdraw its planning application for Mynydd Waun Fawr and develop a combined application taking in its proposal for the neighbouring Rhyd Ddu wind farm, which is at an early stage of development.
An application for 16 turbines at Mynydd Waun Fawr, 3km south-west of Llanerfyl, was submitted to Powys County Council in 2007. Supplementary environmental information filed in January 2009 reduced the application to 15 turbines.
The scheme has not been determined by the local planning authority and since its submission a number of other proposals for wind farms have been put forward in Mid Wales.
Vattenfall said it is “in the early stages of developing proposals” for the new combined scheme, which will be a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. Formal consultation begins next year.
Senior development manager Ruari Lean said: “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.”
The combined project will “maximise the benefits to the region while working to minimise cumulative impacts”, Vattenfall said.
Image: the developer’s Swinford wind farm (Vattenfall)