Pennant Walters submitted its original planning application to Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council for a wind farm on an area of Mynydd Bwllfa to the south of Hirwaun in April of 2009. The wind farm application lies wholly within the Welsh Assembly Government’s Strategic Search Area F (SSA F) as defined by TAN 8.
The April 2009 application was for up to 12 wind turbines which would produce up to 36 megawatts of electricity. The site enjoys the benefit of an existing 132kV grid line which runs across the northern end of the landownership.
This new site layout was informed by an Inspector's Decision Letter dated December 2008 following the October 2008 public inquiry on our previous application on a larger area (including Mynydd y Gynon) which had turbines sited nearer to the escarpments which form the mountain sides to the north and east. The Inspector's decision letter suggested some of the original Hirwaun wind farm positions were acceptable in planning terms specifically those which were more than 400m back from steep slope edges.
Following consultation in 2009 an amended version of the Mynydd Bwllfa scheme was submitted in December 2009 which deleted turbine position No.4 and No 9.
In February 2010 the amended scheme was presented to RCT planning committee with a planning officer’s recommendation for approval. There were no statutory consultee objections to the amended Mynydd Bwllfa wind farm scheme. The planning committee resolved to not accept the officers recommendation for the reasons given. Pennant Walters have appealed this decision and it will now be decided at a Public Hearing by the Planning Inspectorate in 2012.