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Welsh land surveys suspended amid wind farm u-turn

National Grid is suspending all surveys across land which would have been affected by its pylon route.

Following last week’s UK Government axing of plans to build four wind farms in Mid-Wales, National Grid is suspending all currently planned surveys across land that would be affected by its controversial pylon route.

 

Surveys were being conducted on land in the path of the connection which links wind farms in Mid Wales to a power station in north Shropshire.

 

“I have received a call from Bruton Knowles, the agents for National Grid, that they are suspending all currently planned surveys along the pylon route across land in the Meifod and Llansantffraid areas,” Kathryn Lewis, a chartered surveyor with Davis Meade Property Consultants, said today (Monday, September 14).

 

“This is an indicator that the route may no longer be going ahead,” she added.

 

Follow a combined public inquiry called by the Secretary of State for Energy and Climate Change which closed in May 2014, Energy Minister, Andrea Leadsom, last week announced she was refusing planning decisions for wind farms at Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llaithddu, Llanbrynmair and Carnedd Wen.

 

The Llandinam to Welshpool Substation Overhead Power Line connection was also refused but the go ahead was given to the repowering of a wind farm at Llandinam.

 

A Department of Energy and Climate Change spokesperson said that careful consideration had been given to each application and the planning and energy issues involved.


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