Fferm Wynt Coedwig Clocaenog
Ms. Williams, on behalf of Cyngor Cymuned Gwyddelwern, requested clarification on who to address to apply for community funding.
Cyngor a roddwyd
In the first instance I would draw your attention to Chapter 14 of the environmental statement (ES) submitted to the Inspectorate by the applicant, RWE npower renewables Ltd, on 28 March 2013. The ES is available to view on the National Infrastructure pages of the Planning Portal website via the following link: attachment 1;stage=app&filter=Environmental+Statement. Hard copies of the application (including the ES), along with submissions to the Inspectorate?s examination of the proposal, are also available at the locations detailed in Annex A of this letter.
Chapter 14 of the ES provides an assessment by the applicant of the potential social and economic impacts associated with the project. In relation to your enquiry, section 18.104.22.168 of that chapter sets out the applicant?s planned provision of an annual community benefit contribution throughout the operational life of the wind farm. This fund is proposed by the applicant in line with the expectations set out in Annex B of Welsh Government?s ?Technical Advice Note 8: Planning for Renewable Energy? (TAN 8).
Mechanisms for negotiating and distributing community funding of this nature take place outside of the planning process. Chapter 14 of the ES states that at the point of application to the Planning Inspectorate, the specification or remit of the funding package had not yet been set out. It asserts however that it will be developed in consultation with ?relevant local organisations? as, if development consent is granted by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change, the wind farm moves closer to operation.
It is therefore most appropriate for you to contact the applicant?s Community Liaison Officer (Tel. 01639816180 email. [email protected]) in connection with any enquiries in relation to the fund. Chapter 14 of the ES also asserts that a Community Liaison Group has been established (website here: attachment 2) that will be involved with the process of distribution of the community benefits package to ensure equity. It may also be prudent to contact the relevant local authorities (Denbighshire County Council and Conwy County Borough Council) which are likely to have been contacted by the applicant in relation to regulating the fund.