Following the launch of consultation on the updated Dyfnant Forest Windfarm proposals in January, ScottishPower Renewables is holding four public information days this week to provide a further opportunity to view the updated proposals, pick up a feedback form and chat to the project team.
The public information events will run on four consecutive days from Wednesday 20th February to Saturday 23rd February. The events are part of a wide ranging community engagement plan, which also includes sharing the updated proposals via the project website, leaflets drops, written letters, local libraries and a voluntary Community Liaison Panel.
Since 2008, ScottishPower Renewables has been working on plans to develop a windfarm at Dyfnant Forest. The site is owned by the Welsh Government Woodland Estate and is within a Strategic Search Area identified by the Welsh Assembly Government for windfarm development. Early stage public consultations in 2011 were based on a project of up to 35 turbines, with a tip height of up to 185m.
Following detailed studies and assessment, ScottishPower Renewables has made a number of changes to its original proposal, and is now seeking feedback from local communities and environmental organisations. The changes include:
Reducing the number of wind turbines from 35 to 32
Decreasing the height of the wind turbines from 185m to 145m
Increasing the distance between wind turbines and designated footpaths and bridleways, and from residential properties
Ensuring that existing recreation trails can remain open during operation of the windfarm.
Helen Peake, Project Manager at ScottishPower Renewables, said: “We believe that Dyfnant Forest is a good site for a windfarm development, and we have been working with a wide range of stakeholders for the last five years to develop our plans. The proposed development is located in a Strategic Search Area that has been designated for windfarm developments, but the environmental work and design work we have carried out so far has been extensive, with a view to ensuring the project can be developed as sensitively as possible.
“We encourage members of the local community to look at the extensive environmental information provided, either at local libraries, at the information days, or online. Everyone who fills in a feedback form or writes to us will have their views fully considered before a final planning application is submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.”
The public information days are taking place on the following dates:
Banwy Community Centre, Wed 20 Feb 3pm until 7.30pm
Dinas Mawddwy Village Hall, Thur 21 Feb 3pm until 7.30pm
Llanfair Caereinion Public Institute, Fri 22 Feb 3pm until 7.30pm
Llanwddyn Community Centre, Sat 23 Feb 10am until 2pm
The consultation period will run until March 15th 2013, and further information is available at the project website www.dyfnantforestwindfarm.com. Those who prefer to receive an information pack and feedback from via mail can do so by calling the bilingual dedicated phone line 0800 0930 504*.
*Calls from UK Landlines are free. Mobile calls may vary
Media Information: Paul Ferguson, 0141 614 4535 / 07702 665 924