23rd May 2002
WILSON GIVES APPROVAL TO UK'S LARGEST ON-SHORE WINDFARM
Brian Wilson, Energy Minister, today granted consent to Renewable Development Company Ltd's application for a 58.5 MW windfarm at Cefn Croes, Ceredigion.
In a Written Answer to a Parliamentary Question from Lindsay Hoyle MP, Mr Wilson said:
"I have today decided to grant consent under section 36 and section 37 of the Electricity Act 1989 to Renewable Development Company's applications to build a 58.5 MW windfarm and associated overhead electric line at Cefn Croes, Ceredigion.
"My decisions were only taken after extensive and thorough consideration of the representations received both for and against consent being granted.
"The Secretary of State has not used her discretionary power to call a public inquiry because all parties have already taken the opportunity to inform her of their concerns. I am confident that Ministers have all the necessary information on which to take the decisions on the applications.
"The decisions also took into account of the fact that the local planning authority, Ceredigion County Council, did not object to the applications subject to conditions being attached to the planning permissions and the Company entering into an Obligation to pay the costs of a land management scheme and decommissioning.
"Copies of the Press Notice and decision letters are being placed in the Library of the House."
Notes to Editors:
1. Consent to build and operate power stations with a capacity greater than 50 megawatts is required under section 36 of the Electricity Act 1989. Consent to install an overhead electic line is required under section 37 of the 1989 Act. Planning permission was deemed to be granted under section 90(2) of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990. The Obligation was entered into under section 106 of the TCPA 1990.
2. Press copies of the decision letter are available from Tino Hernandez, DTI Press Office, tel. 020 7215 6407. Public copies are available from Walter Gusmag, Energy Policy and Consents, tel. 020 7215 2727. Further information on the project is available from Gerry Dewson, RDC Ltd, tel. 01352 757604.
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