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Renewable Energy

The UK Renewable Energy Strategy, July 2009, sets out the Government’s path to secure 15% of the Country’s energy from renewable sources by 2020.

Local planning authorities need to help deliver this target through the planning system and demonstrate how they are planning for a low carbon future in a changing climate.  

Onshore wind energy is already playing a big role in delivering renewable electricity in Carmarthenshire.   But this is not the only way to deliver renewable energy, especially in Carmarthenshire where there are a range of renewable resources to tap into.  This part of the website includes information on planning applications, Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project applications, relevant planning policies and maps, sites that have had screening and scoping opinions issued, and Supplementary Planning Guidance (SPG).

Western Power Distribution (WPD) has been asked by RWE npower renewables Limited (RWE) and Renewable Energy Systems (RES) to provide a connection between the proposed Brechfa Forest wind farms and the electricity network.

The Brechfa Forest Connection Project will comprise a primarily single pole 132,000 volt (132kV) electricity line connecting the wind farms proposed for the Brechfa Forest area to a connection point north of Llandyfaelog. The project developer is Western Power Distribution. The scheme constitutes a Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project (NSIP) and will be submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for assessment in Spring 2015

To date we have provided the following comments for WPD to consider subsequent to a statutory consultation in accordance with Section 42 of the Planning Act 2008.

Visit the Western Power Distribution website to keep up to date with the progress of the proposal.

The Planning Act 2008 was introduced to streamline the decision-making process for nationally significant infrastructure projects, making it fairer and faster for communities and developers alike.

Nationally significant infrastructure projects (NSIP) are major infrastructure developments in England and Wales, such as proposals for power plants, large renewable energy projects, power lines, new airports and airport extensions, major road projects etc.

Applications are submitted to the Planning Inspectorate for assessment and a report must be prepared for the relevant Secretary of State to make the final decision. For more information on this process follow the link to National Infrastructure Planning website.

Pre-application charging regime for NSIP projects
We offer a chargeable pre-application advice service to developers of Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects (NSIPs). The guidance attached sets out the level of advice developers can expect and within what timescale. The advice given under the terms of the guidance will relate to information requested prior to the formal submission of NSIPS and also advice required from the Local Authority once a decision has been issued by the Secretary of State. Clarification on the disclosure of public and commercially sensitive information is also provided along with a schedule of fees and the associated payment procedures.

Bryn Llywelyn Wind Farm
We formally refused a proposed wind farm comprising 21 turbines (127m to blade tip) and associated infrastructure at land surrounding Bryn Llywelyn Farm, Llanllwni, Carmarthenshire, on 18 December 2012.  An appeal against this decision was lodged by the applicant, RES UK and Ireland Ltd, to the Planning Inspectorate (PINs) on the same date.

The Welsh Government resolved to dismiss the appeal on 6 May 2014. The application and appeal documents can be viewed by searching for application reference W/23947.

Brechfa Forest West Wind Farm
The Brechfa Forest West wind farm received approval from the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) on 12 March 2013.

The scheme comprises 28 turbines each measuring 145m in height and having an installed generating capacity of between 56–84MW. We are expected to commence the discharge of the Development Consent Order (DCO) Requirements in 2014 ahead of the wind farm’s construction.

Brechfa Forest East Wind Farm 
Full planning permission was granted for a wind farm at Brechfa Forest East on 17 December 2013, subject to the applicant entering into a Section 106 agreement with the Council. The development will comprise 12 wind turbines each measuring 145m in height and having an installed generating capacity of 24-36MW.

The officer’s report and presentation to the planning committee can be viewed here.


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