Clark granted a development consent order (DCO) for Western Power Distribution’s proposal for a new 132 kV electric cable to connect the Brechfa Forest West wind farm to the electricity network.
The consented proposal would see the cable installed above ground for 25km and underground for just over 3.5km, and would connect the wind farm - which has already received consent - to an existing overhead tower line near Llandyfaelog, approximately 10km south of Carmarthen.
In his decision letter, Clark found that the proposal would be consistent with the government’s energy national policy statement which he said sets out a national need for new transmission and distribution infrastructure of the type proposed.
He also accepted the examining authority’s conclusion that an additional extent of underground cables from the original proposal would mitigate harm to the landscape character of the Towy Valley.
"Whilst there are some impacts of the proposed development in terms of visual [impact] and the effect on the local natural environment, the recommended DCO contains sufficient measures to mitigate those impacts," the examining authority’s report said.
"The proposed development contributes to meeting the need for energy capacity," it concluded.