Good News!

The planning application at Bryn y Ffynnon, near Glanrafon, to erect two 113ft (34m) wind turbines close to the Caer Euni Iron Age hillfort and the neighbouring stone circles, has been withdrawn.

The hillfort is situated on the ridge that can be seen along the A494 Bala road, and the turbines, together with an access road, would have been visible from these scheduled ancient monuments.  More information about the hill fort can be found in the piece below.

Meanwhile, there is no further information available from ScottishPower Renewables (SPR) regarding their plans to erect 25, 475ft (145m) wind turbines on the ridge and slopes of Mynydd Mynyllod.  STEMM members have contacted the energy company on a number of occasion to request an update, given that the website states that consultation on the Draft Environmental Statement / Preliminary Environmental Information would take place in the Spring/Summer of this year, with the Submission of application for Development Consent Order taking place this winter 2013/14.  The Government body that is responsible for examining planning applications for nationally significant infrastructure projects, National Infrastructure Planning (NIP), has also been contacted in a bid to clarify the situation, but neither SPR or NIP have responded or even acknowledged these requests.

As we know, SPR have already delayed the planning process on this massive wind farm scheme on several occasions, and they would appear to have no concern for the blight that the Upper Dee Valley continues to face while the threat of this major development hangs over local residents and businesses, many of which are tourist based.

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