Pennant Walters first started to assess the opportunity for a wind farm in this general area in late 2004. In late 2006 the Esgair Cwmowen land portfolio was assembled and the EIS studies were started promptly afterwards.
The proposal site is located wholly within SSA B as defined in TAN 8. The planning application for a 19 turbine, 48MW wind farm was subsequently submitted to Powys County in the summer of 2010 following a lengthy iterative design process . Pennant Walters is one of a group of wind farm developers who in liaison with Powys County Council, WAG and other stakeholder bodies are working together to define a strategic traffic management plan for the delivery of turbine components.
The site lies in the uplands of Mid Wales, midway between the towns of Machynlleth in the west and Welshpool in the east and approximately 4 miles to the north-east of Carno. It is relatively remote from large settlements, the nearest town of any size being Newtown, about 7.5 miles to the south-east. The area is one of scattered farmsteads and other dwellings and the predominant land use in the area is agriculture, mainly grazing.
The proposed wind farm has the capability of generating up to 47.5MW of clean energy. It will assist in meeting the UK Government’s and Welsh Assembly Government’s target for renewable energy, particularly the increased target for 2015-17 recently announced by the Assembly Government, and will contribute to tackling the challenges posed by global warming and climate change.
Initial consultations on our application via PCC have resulted in some requests for further information on a number of specific topics from CCW and others. Pennant Walters is currently undertaking these further studies and assessments and will submit this information towards the end of 2012.