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Bid made to prevent windfarm on common land

Posted 2 October 2012
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Bid made to prevent windfarm on common land
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The Open Spaces Society (OSS) has lodged an objection to a planned windfarm on a piece of common land near Swansea.

RWE nPower has applied to build 16 wind turbines - along with access tracks - on Mynydd y Gwair Common, a hillside eight miles north of the city.

The spciety noted this is regsitered common land and such a development is not allowed under section 38 of the Commons Act 2006 withoit the consent of the Welsh government.

Those who like to go walking in the area may take an interest in the case, with the OSS arguing the turbines will impede walkers, despite claism to the contrary by RWE nPower.

OSS members may be keen to win this battle, having lost another fight in the Swansea area last month.

In that instance, a proposed development adjacent to Picket Mead Common in Newton gained permission on appeal, despite the city council's objections and the view of the campaign group that its presence would spoil the idyll of the common.