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APPROVAL FOR UK'S LARGEST ON-SHORE WINDFARM

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Brian Wilson, energy minister, today granted consent to Renewable ...
Brian Wilson, energy minister, today granted consent to Renewable

Development Company Ltd's application for a 58.5 MW windfarm at Cefn

Croes, Ceredigion.

In a written answer to a parliamentary question, Mr Wilson said:

'I have today decided to grant consent under section 36 of the

Electricity Act 1989 to Renewable Development Company's application

to build a 58.5 MW windfarm at Cefn Croes, Ceredigion.

'My decision was only taken after extensive and thorough

consideration of the representations I received both for and against

consent being granted.

'I have not used my discretionary power to call a public inquiry

because all parties have already taken the opportunity to inform me

of their concerns. I am confident that I have all the necessary

information on which to take my decision on the application.

'My decision also took into account of the fact that the local

planning authority, Ceredigion CC, did not object to the

application subject conditions being attached to the planning

permission and the Company entering into an Obligation to pay the

costs of a land management scheme and decommissioning'.

Notes

1. Consent to build and operate power stations with a capacity

greater than 50 megawatts is required under section 36 of the

Electricity Act 1989. Planning permission was deemed to be granted

under section 90(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The

Obligation was entered into under section 106 of the TCPA 1990.

2. Copies of the decision letter are

available from Walter Gusmag, Energy Policy and

Consents, tel. 020 7215 2727. Further information on the project is

available from Gerry Dewson, RDC Ltd, tel. 01352 757604.

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