Nant y Moch wind farm – history

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2005 In its Technical Advice Note 8 (TAN8) the Welsh Government earmarks Nant y Moch as a Strategic Search Area (SSA) for major wind power development.
2006 Recommendation that SSA be “refined” (reduced in size), in Arup study commissioned by Ceredigion County Council.
2006-8 Tendering process to select developer.
Erection of anemometer masts.
2008 Airtricity (which has since become SSE Renewables) secures developer rights.
Preliminary site layout shows 105 x 1.5MW turbines.
2009 June Protest Rally at Nant y Moch organised by Cambrian Mountains Society.
Nov Trial run from South Wales to test road access to the site for abnormal loads.
2010 Feb Public meeting organised by Cambrian Mountains Society in Tal-y-bont.
Mar Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), set up under the Planning Act 2008, starts work.
April SSE submits Scoping Document to Infrastructure Planning Commission, proposing 80 x up to 2.5MW turbines.
May Coalition government promises legislation to replace IPC.
May IPC publishes its Opinion on the Scoping Document.
May Developers publish Proposals Summary Document
June Developers publish Preliminary Environmental Information, proposing 64 turbines.
Developers start formal public consultation.
Aug Developers publish Interim Consultation Report
Nov Developers publish Draft Non Technical Summary of the Environmental Statement
2011 Feb Date originally fixed for submission of planning application to IPC; since postponed
Mar Second CMS Protest Rally at Nant y Moch, led by writer Jim Perrin
Mar CMS stages a week-long public exhibition in central Aberystwyth
June Developers publish revised Proposals Summary Document.
The new document incorporates changes made to the development proposal since the original Proposals Summary Document was put out to consultation in May 2010. No change to the 64 turbines of up to 146.5m, but site boundary changed, and more details of the access to the site.
Developers publish* draft Environmental Statement (previously only available in summary form).
* on DVD (£10) or as hard copy (£exorbitant) or available for inspection at local locations.
Second formal public consultation, on the revised Proposals, and on the Draft Environmental Statement. Click here for CMS response, and other responses.
2012 Apr Abolition of the Infrastructure Planning Commission (IPC), and its replacement by the Planning Inspectorate’s National Infrastructure Planning Directorate
May Fifth postponement of planning application – to autumn 2012.
June Developers publish further changes to the proposal, the most significant being a reduction in the number of turbines to 62, and a new single access point from the A44 near Bwlch Nant-yr-arian.
Third formal public consultation, on the changes to the proposals; closed 28th July 2012. Click here for CMS response, and other responses.
Autumn Further postponement of planning application, to Spring 2013
2013 March SSE announces that “we will not be making any further significant investment in the project until the ambitions for the delivery of renewable energy in Wales is clearer.”