Our Fforch Nest project is located near Blackmill in both Bridgend County Borough Council and Rhondda Cynon Taff CBC. The site was originally identified, developed and permitted by RWE Npower Renewables.
The site was first identified in 2004 and land assembled in 2005. Following the completion of the EIA studies the original application for a 13 x 3MW site was made in August 2006. We made an application on the neighbouring Pant Y Wal site for 14 x 3MW turbines in March 2006 (in Bridgend CBC alone). In 2008 Bridgend CBC and CCW requested that PWL and RWE co-operate to enable one access route rather than the two separate ones we had to that date brought forward. We subsequently submitted with RWE a joint access track application in late 2008. At this stage RWE revised its application to contain 11 x 2.5MW turbines.
RWE's application for the 4 (of its then 11 x 2.5MW) turbines in Bridgend CBC was approved at a planning meeting in August 2009. RCT refused the RWE application for the 7 turbines located within its boundary in late 2010 a decision successfully appealed by RWE in 2011 with permission granted by the Planning Inspectorate in December 2012. Pennant Walters completed the acquisition of the project in early 2012. The site is being built out in parallel with Pant y Wal wind farm.