Mid Wales Electricity Connection (N Grid)

Enquiry received via post

Mid Wales Electricity Connection (N Grid)

28 September 2012
E.A. Gittins

Enquiry

I write with regret to voice my opinion at the proposed destruction to the beautiful countryside in Vyrnwy Valleyand surrounding area. We have been residents for 40 years in this wonderful part of the countryside which will be completely destroyed if the route for the wind turbines and pylons are allowed to go ahead.
The amount of energy produced by wind in the UK is minimal and costs and destruction will not come close to ever making this a viable project, the are far better more efficient ways to create renewable energy, with less cost, less destruction to countryside of most importantly no impact on HEALTH.
We have farming and tourism as the main income for the lively hood of residents this will be totally wiped out.
The road network is by no way sufficient to support the traffic that this project will generate; this disruption we all will encounter is unthinkable.
The route does not meet the requirement of the 'Holdford Rules'.
Please please consider these very important reasons in which the wind farms should not go ahead.

Advice given

I understand that issues raised in your letter refer to the wind farm project as well as an electric line connection. The Planning Inspectorate is also currently aware of three wind farm proposals in Powys that would be determined under the same process. All three wind farm applications are currently at the pre-application stage of the process and the developer is your first point of contact at this stage. It would be useful therefore to specify which application exactly you refer to as we could then provide you with more information about the project and the applicant.
Please note that the National Grid (developer) proposal is for construction of a new 400 kV electricity connection between Shropshire and Powys. This application is currently in the 'pre-application' stage of our process and therefore the application has not yet been formally submitted to the Planning Inspectorate.
During the pre-application stage, as mentioned above the applicant is your first point of contact until the application is formally submitted. Responding to the developer?s pre-application consultation is the best approach to influence a project, whether you agree with it, disagree with it, or believe it could be improved. I would therefore encourage you to ensure that developer of the application you refer to is aware of the contents of your letter.
Once the application is submitted and if it is accepted to proceed to examination, there will be an opportunity for people to register with the Planning Inspectorate to have their say. By registering at the appropriate time you will then be asked to outline your comments to the appointed Examining Authority.
If you wish to find out more about projects located in Wales and developers contact details, please check our website on the following link:
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I have also included a link to our advice notes that set out the process by which proposals (under the Planning Act 2008) would be determined; in particular Advice Notes 8.1 ? 8.5 outline how the process works and the opportunities to be involved:
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