Pennant Walters is developing proposals for a wind farm on a site at Mynydd y Glyn, 3km west of Pontypridd in Rhondda Cynon Taf.
As the proposed wind farm will generate more than 10MW of electricity it is defined as a Development of National Significance (DNS). This means that the planning application will be submitted to the Planning and Environment Decisions Wales and considered by an Inspector with the final decision made by Welsh Ministers.
Pennant Walters recently submitted a scoping request to PINS (the Planning Inspectorate) to ensure the appropriate environmental studies are carried out as the proposals are developed.
Pennant Walters is committed to informing, engaging and consulting through the design and planning process, to ensure local communities and stakeholders have an opportunity to contribute their views and help shape the emerging proposals.
In April 2019, the Welsh Government declared a climate emergency and published its Future Wales: the national plan 2040, which was adopted at the start of 2021. The Mynydd y Glyn site in Rhondda Cynon Taf lies to the north of Pre-Assessed Area 9 for wind energy.
Government policy, as set out in Future Wales: the national plan 2040, provides a positive policy framework for renewable energy. It is because of this positive policy support and the fact that the proposed Mynydd y Glyn Wind Farm is some distance from the Brecon Beacons and any Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty that Pennant Walters considers that the site could be suitable for an onshore wind farm. Further studies and investigations will help establish the site’s suitability against a wide range of environmental criteria.
While many County Councils in Wales have declared a climate emergency, Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council has stated it sees no merit in declaring an emergency and is focusing instead on the measures required to tackle it. These include creating its own green sustainable energy supply through wind farms and solar-powered energy, ensuring all vehicles are as environmentally friendly as possible, promoting more sustainable forms of transport such as walking, cycling and public transport, and a tree-planting programme.