The latest draft
Powys County Council is making another attempt at drafting a Local Development Plan (LDP), after Cardiff Bay said they were not happy with the last iteration. The Cambrian Mountains Society did take part in the consultation processes for the Council’s previous attempts at LDPs, concentrating on the Authority’s failure to set up Special Landscape Areas (SLAs). In contrast, both Ceredigion and Carmarthenshire County Councils have designated SLAs covering quite significant sections of the Cambrian Mountains.
Moving in what many would take as the opposite direction, Powys’ latest attempt at an LDP proposes the idea of Local Search Areas (LSAs) for both wind and solar renewable energy generation. (One has to wonder who pointed them in this direction?) These areas are large, and, within the Cambrian Mountains, one LSA for solar covers much of the area around Llangurig. A second sweeps in over Dylife, continuing westwards over Montgomeryshire Wildlife Trust’s Glaslyn Reserve, and even rolls over Hyddgen, Glyndŵr’s 1401 battle site. The third stretches in a south westerly direction from just west of Newbridge on Wye. This area also overlaps with a wind LSA which continues on, almost to the village of Abergwesyn. Imagine the landscape just west of Newbridge with a combination of hectares of photovoltaic panels punctuated by large wind turbines!
The simplified maps above show how large, and potentially damaging, these proposed areas might be. Also remember these areas would be in addition to Welsh Government’s TAN 8 Strategic Search Areas for large scale wind energy generation.
CMS has responded to what the Authority call “Further Focused Changes” to their draft LDP (click here to read the Society’s response) but the Society’s Trustees are asking that you also take part in the consultation process. This is particularly pertinent to those who live in Powys but also to those who use the Cambrians for recreation. If you do live in Powys please consider also sending a copy of your response to your local County Councillor, and even Community Council.
The consultation exercise ends at 5.00pm on Monday 21st November.
Click here to download the Representation Form. Please do not be put off by the rather bureaucratic nature of the paperwork. To have your say on the Authority’s Renewable Energy policy RE1, including the LSAs, quote FFC79 in box 3b and then just ‘go for it’ in box 3c. Completed objections can either be emailed to: firstname.lastname@example.org or sent by post to: Powys LDP Team, Planning Policy, Powys County Council, The Gwalia, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6AA. Although the Authority seem to discourage people from commenting by a simple letter you can send in your comments in this manner, but as with the Representation Form, you must confine your thoughts to the “further focused changes”, in particular to their Renewable Energy Policy RE1 FFC79. Please do not be tempted to comment on earlier drafts of the LDP as your whole response may be discounted.
If you feel that you need help in preparing your representation, be it on landscape grounds or on the actual planning process for these focussed changes again look in the ‘AONB campaign’ section of the Society’s website: We have produced guidance in two formats:
We would like to thank Brecon & Radnor and Montgomery branches of CPRW for letting us adapt the guidance they have produced to help their members respond to the proposed changes in the LDP.