The company’s application, submitted on 4 November, also covers access tracks, a substation, a meteorological mast, underground cabling and a temporary construction compound. The IPC’s decision to accept it for scrutiny was reached two days inside the 28-day deadline imposed by the Planning Act 2008.
Carmarthenshire County Council is currently considering a separate application from RWE npower renewables for a 12-turbine development nearby at Brechfa Forest East. The sites fall within a strategic search area for wind energy development identified in the Welsh government’s Technical Advice Note 8.
Meanwhile, a three-week period has opened for submission of petitions against the development consent order for Covanta Energy’s Rookery South energy-from-waste plant in Bedfordshire, approved by the IPC in October.
The order remains subject to a special parliamentary procedure in which individuals or groups directly affected by the scheme can request an opportunity to give evidence to a joint committee of the Commons and Lords, which will then consider whether consent should be confirmed. Petitions must be lodged by 19 December.