Court supports secretary of state’s rejection of Welsh windfarm plan

The Court of Appeal has upheld the secretary of state’s refusal of the Mynnyd Y Gwynt windfarm in mid-Wales

Wind farm developers may need to plan projects carefully. Photograph: Terrance Emerson/123RF
Wind farm would have posed a risk to red kites, said NRW

An appeal challenging the secretary of state’s decision to refuse permission for a 27-turbine wind farm in mid-Wales has been dismissed by the Court of Appeal.

The proposed site for the wind farm was next to the Elenydd Mallaen Special Protection Area (SPA), which covers most of the Cambrian Mountains and had a population of around 15 pairs of red kite and is protected under schedule 1 of the Wildlife and Countryside Act. The scheme was being promoted by a consortium including the site’s landowners who also run a car rally complex.

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