The Developer Bolsterstone has consistently sought to limit Powys Council’s authority solely to a decision on construction of road access to Reeves Hill windfarm and Herefordshire Council chose to grant consent in spite of a strong objection from Powys.
In her letter of 22 Feb 2013, Rosemary Thomas, Chief Planner & Deputy Director for the Welsh Assembly Government’s Department for Environment and Sustainable Development has informed Powys Council she considers that “there is a close interdependency between the access road and the windfarm and that, because of this, the projects involved should be considered cumulatively”. Following advice from Cadw, Mrs. Thomas has informed Powys that she considers that “EIA is required for the proposed development due to the likely adverse visual impact on the Grade 1 Historic Park and Gardens known as ‘Stanage Park’”.
Mrs. Thomas’ advice is consistent with that given to Powys Council by SHCG’s barrister Richard Harwood in his letter of 25 June 2012. This advice was strongly contested by D. Manley QC, acting on behalf of Bolsterstone, in a letter to Powys on 25 July 2012.