URGENT: Threat to Welsh Designated Landscapes – Debate Tuesday 6th June

URGENT: Threat to Welsh Designated Landscapes – Debate Tuesday 6th June

CPRW Brecon & Radnor Branch have learnt that  the review of Welsh designated landscapes called “Future Landscapes, Delivering for Wales” will be discussed in the Senedd on Tuesday 6th June. We are deeply concerned for Brecon Beacons National Park, most of which lies in our area, but  also for the two other National Parks in Wales: Snowdonia and the Pembrokeshire Coast National Park and also Welsh Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONBs). The Welsh Government plans to create new legislation…

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Powys LDP – Update #7– 3/6/2017

Powys LDP – Update #7– 3/6/2017

Hearing Statements for Renewable Energy Hearing Session 15 1.FOR THOSE WHO WISH TO MAKE COMMENTS ON THE COUNCIL’S NEW INFORMATION AND PROPOSED RENEWABLE ENERGY POLICY: Statements should address the Inspector’s questions in the Matters & Issues Agenda linked here. Eligibility to submit a Hearing Statement: We have done our best to clarify who is eligible to submit a Hearing Statement, but we are still confused. The Programme Officer’s email to us on Thursday 25th May said: “To clarify, please note that the statements deadline of…

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Powys LDP – Update #6 – 20/5/2017

Powys LDP – Update #6 – 20/5/2017

Powys LDP Examination: Renewable Energy New information on Renewable Energy: new evidence and new LDP policy suggestions published by Powys County Council on 12th May 2017. The new documents are: 1. AECOM Revised Renewable Energy Assessment for Powys (ED059) 2. AECOM MAPS p 1 to 44 (wind and solar) (ED059) 3. AECOM MAPS p 44 to 56 (biomass) (ED059) 4. ENPLAN assessment of impact on proposed Local Search Areas on Landscape using reduced version of LANDMAP methodology (ED060) 5. Powys…

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From our Chairman: Awards, AGM and a Party

From our Chairman: Awards, AGM and a Party

Architecture Award. Every year we make an award for good design of a building which complements its setting. Last year we gave our Award to the Wye Valley Canoes development in the old chapel at Glasbury. Please let us know of your suggestions. Rural Wales Award. We are delighted to announce that this year, the recipient of the Rural Wales Award will be Chris Bruce who lives near Hay on Wye. Chris is a wizard with mapping and GIS –…

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Powys LDP – Update #5 – 20/4/2017

Powys LDP – Update #5 – 20/4/2017

1. Hendy Wind Farm at Llandegley Rocks near Penybont P/2014/0672: You have probably heard that Powys Council have announced their intention to bring this application before the Planning Committee on the 27th April, next Thursday. This highly controversial 2014 application is for 7 wind turbines of height 110m, together with substation, control building, access tracks etc. The application number is P/2014/0672 and documents, consultee responses and objections can be found on the application website here. The agenda for the Planning…

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Powys LDP – Update #4 – 14 April 2017

Powys LDP – Update #4 – 14 April 2017

1. COULD YOU BE COUNTY COUNCILLOR FOR YSCIR? No candidate has come forward to replace Gillian Thomas as County Councillor for Yscir ward. This means the nomination period is extended and anyone wishing to stand should contact Sian Lewis-Davies, Senior Elections Officer, on electoral.services@powys.gov.uk for more information and to obtain nomination papers. Unless there is a sudden rush of nominations, it’s likely anyone coming forward now will be elected unopposed. This is a great opportunity to help make some changes…

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Powys LDP – Update #3 – 28 March 2017

Powys LDP – Update #3 – 28 March 2017

1. Powys LDP Hearings: New information and a few reminders about the LDP Hearings: RENEWABLE ENERGY HEARINGS: Please note that the renewable energy hearing sessions, originally to have been the 9th and 10th May, have now been postponed to 27th and 28th June. Powys will now publish revised evidence and their proposed revised Renewable Energy (RE) policy on the 12th May. Hearing statements must be submitted to the Inspector by 5th June. Anyone who objected to the Further Focussed Changes is…

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POWYS LDP: FURTHER UPDATE

POWYS LDP: FURTHER UPDATE

1. POWYS LDP Examination; Hearing statements and Hearing Sessions The Hearing Sessions for the Planning Inspector’s Examination of the Powys LDP begin on 28 March. CPRW’s National and Powys Branches’ Statements set out why Powys’s proposed RE policy fails the Examination “soundness” tests. Our Barrister will represent us at the Hearings on 28th and 29th March. We hope to have the Inspector’s confirmation of how issues of “soundness” of procedure in production of the LDP can be dealt with satisfactorily…

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UPDATE: Powys Local Development Plan (LDP) and Proposed Renewable Energy Policy

UPDATE: Powys Local Development Plan (LDP) and Proposed Renewable Energy Policy

Events have been moving fast in the last few weeks: 1.    17th January 2017 Powys Cabinet approval of Further Focussed Changes (FFCs): Powys Council Cabinet approved the Further Focussed Changes (FFCs), containing the proposed new renewable energy (RE) policy i.e. the vast proposed wind and solar Local Search Areas and 600MW target (revised from 50MW in earlier LDP versions). Despite cogent arguments presented by leaders of the opposition groups, the Cabinet, with one single abstention, voted in favour of approval…

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POWYS LDP: APPEAL FOR DONATIONS TO SET UP LEGAL FUND

POWYS LDP: APPEAL FOR DONATIONS TO SET UP LEGAL FUND

CPRW have been in contact with a barrister specialising in Welsh planning law to support our opposition to the late changes to Powys’ Local Development Plan and are now appealing for contributions to a Legal Fund to help pay for this much needed legal advice.  Powys’ proposed introduction of vast Local Search Areas for wind and solar development, coupled with huge targets based on flawed data, have the potential to change the county and the life of the county’s residents for ever. We feel legal advice is essential to…

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