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Could the pylon debate be reignited?

Created on 20/06/2022 @ 15:51
Fears have been sounded that plans for large electricity pylons in the area could resurface.

It's been several years since the heated debate over plans by National Grid to build the pylons took place.

But local politicians say with several pre-planning applications for windfarms in the area the issue could re-appear.

Craig Williams and Russell George, MP and MS for Montgomeryshire, have reconfirmed their opposition to any large pylon infrastructure in the area.

Both Mr Williams and Mr George have expressed their severe concerns about these proposals which includes Garn Fach south of Newtown, as well as initial plans for a similarly large development south of Llanfair Caereinion.

Their concerns include the height specification of turbines and the fact that there is currently no National Grid infrastructure capable of collecting and distributing generated power.

"This would likely trigger a review by the National Grid to re-examine their plans for a potential electricity hub at Cefn Coch. The proposal would also require the erection of 400kV lattice pylons linking the hub to the main grid in Shropshire.

Craig Williams MP said: “Russell and I were briefed yesterday about initial plans to build a large-scale wind farm south of Llanfair Caereinion. I have multiple concerns about the proposals, which would include the erection of 14, 200-meter-high wind turbines.

"Such developments, alongside other applications like Garn Fach, would almost certainly require grid connection. I am seeking an urgent meeting with UK Ministers to gain clarification over Government policies regarding these proposals, given that there is no current grid capacity and which would therefore trigger National Grid intervention.

“These proposals would bring years of stress and disruption to our communities, blighting our wonderous landscapes with large turbines and pylons, which will be driven through localities in Mid Wales. Montgomeryshire’s residents have already been unanimous in their opposition to large pylon infrastructure.”

Russell George MS said: “I can’t support a windfarm development proposal without knowing how the generated energy is going to be connected to the National Grid.

“Residents across Mid Wales have expressed their views on large pylon infrastructure. We know that such infrastructure would be bad for the local tourism industry.

"Our landscapes are our unique selling point, and any proposals, such as those we had from National Grid a decade ago, will once again be firmly rejected.”