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RWE has confirmed it will submit new plans for a wind farm after its previous proposal was turned down.
RWE npower renewable says it will present a revised planning application for the Mynydd y Gwair wind farm north of Swansea later this year.
The new plans will include the removal of three turbines in response to concerns over the possible impact on an area of peat within the development area.
Project manager Gwenllian Elias said “significant efforts” had been made to address planning and community concerns that were raised during the planning process last year.
She said: “We’re quite aware that there’s continued speculation surrounding the site, and that’s why we’ve been keen to make our intentions clear as early as we can.
“The revisions within the proposals are backed by additional studies we’ve undertaken to further review environmental impacts, viewpoints, and to redesign the turbine layout to minimise impacts.
“Following this work, we remain convinced that this is a good site for a wind farm. It is well designed, within a designated TAN 8 area, remote and with excellent wind resource – and all of this was acknowledged in the public inquiry in 2011.”
The proposed wind farm site is on common land around nine miles north of Swansea. It is in one of the Tan 8 areas identified by the Welsh Government as being most suitable for large-scale wind farm development.
RWE npower says that, once fully operational, Mynydd y Gwair would make “an important contribution” to the Welsh Government’s targets of delivering low carbon energy from renewable sources.
It is expected the revised proposal will include 16 turbines instead of the original 19, each up to 127m high to the tip of the blade. The wind farm could potentially generate up to 48 megawatts of electricity.
Miss Elias added: “Mynydd y Gwair would be a reliable, low carbon source of electricity for Wales.
“And it could also offer new business opportunities for local firms, while presenting nearby communities with the chance to bring to life important local projects through an associated community benefits fund.
“We will be looking to work closely with local communities in the future, to investigate how best to deliver these benefits, should our application be successful.”
In March the Court of Appeal overturned a High Court ruling in favour of the wind farm development.
The High Court in July 2011 had rejected the Welsh Government’s decision not to approve the wind farm because of the impact it would have in peat bog habitat in the area.
RWE npower says it is working closely with Welsh Government and the South Wales and Swansea business communities to ensure opportunities likely to emerge from wind farm development and operation are realised in Wales.
Two weeks ago the company hosted a major supply chain event in Swansea, with around 200 South Wales businesses attending.