Welcome

to the project website for the Mynydd Llanhilleth onshore wind farm.

Developing proposals

Pennant Walters is developing proposals for a wind farm on a site at Mynydd Llanhilleth, which lies east of the settlements of Llanhilleth, Brynithel, Aberbeeg and Six Bells, and west of Pontnewynydd and Pontypool. The A472 runs along the valley to the south of the proposed site.

It is estimated that the wind farm will generate up to 34MW of electricity, which is equivalent to providing enough power to meet the annual electricity needs of approximately 21,500 homes[1].

This website will be updated regularly to keep you informed about the proposals and the upcoming public consultation, where we will be seeking views of local residents and consultees.

[1] https://www.renewableuk.com/page/UKWEDExplained

Proposals submitted

Following the statutory Pre-Application Consultation, the application has been submitted to Planning and Environment Decision Wales (PEDW) and the examination period will now commence, under the notice of acceptance under Article 15(2) of the Development of National Significance (DNS) Procedure Order. The Inspector’s report will be submitted to the Welsh Ministers within 24 weeks from 6 December 2023.

For anyone wishing to view the application documents, they can be found on the DNS website: https://planningcasework.service.gov.wales/ and search for ‘3273368’ or ‘Mynydd Llanhilleth’.

The deadline for comments is 17 January 2024.

 

Statutory Consultation

From the 28th November 2022 until 23rd January 2023, we undertook a statutory pre-application community consultation prior to submitting an application to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales (PEDW) as required by the DNS regulations set out in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015. This followed a phase of informal consultation, which took place during Summer 2021.

Find out more

This website contains all the draft documents and information that were consulted on, as part of the statutory consultation. We held public exhibitions to provide further information about the proposals and to seek local feedback. These events took place at the following locations and dates:

  • Llanhilleth Miner’s Institute, Meadow St, Llanhilleth, Abertillery NP13 2JT: 2pm - 7pm, Thursday 8th December 2022 

  • Garndiffaith Community Centre (Millennium Centre), Top Rd, Garndiffaith, Abersychan, Pontypool NP4 7LT: 2pm - 7pm Friday 9th December 2022

Please get in touch if you have any questions about the consultation, or the events that took place, and we'd be happy to help. A local newsletter was posted to surrounding residents with further information. A copy of this can, along with all other consultation materials can be found on the Project Documents page of this website, or via the Virtual Consultation (see right).

 

 

Common Land Workshop and Community Benefit Workshop

The Common Land Workshop and Community Benefit Workshop took place in January 2023.  If you were unable to attend, you can find a copy of the presentations given on the 'Common Land' or the 'Community' pages of this website. 

Please get in touch with us if you have any feedback or questions about these points.

Virtual Exhibition

From the 28th November 2022, we are hosting all consultation information online at our virtual exhibition. If you were unable to make it to an event in person, all the relevant information is available via the below link.

Click here to access the Virtual Exhibition

About Us

Pennant Walters was founded in 2003 to develop renewable energy schemes as part of the Walters Group drive to develop sustainable, green projects on its land holdings. Walters Group is based at Hirwaun and employs 500 people across the business, many of those in South Wales.

Walters is a family company with a long history of operation across the valleys. Historically providing plant and services to the mining industry, the group now looks towards the delivery of greener energy and is bringing forward numerous new renewable energy projects across the region.

Currently Pennant Walters operates six wind farms in South Wales, generating 127MW of energy making it Wales’ largest home-grown renewable energy developer. Many of our current and future planned wind projects are located within former coalfields – we are experts in delivering these schemes in areas that have historically been mined. Health and safety, respect for industrial heritage and co-operation with the local communities whose residents have lived in the area for generations are core to our operations.

We take all our sites from inception to operation, ensuring continuity for local community and stakeholders throughout the planning, construction, generation and decommissioning phases.

Further information about Pennant Walters can be found on the Pennant Walters website.

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