The Appeal process for the Bowdler Farm 79m single turbine has opened. Any public submissions must arrive by Monday 24th March. There will be a public hearing sometime after the end of April.

SHCG was successful in getting:
* the Developer to submit a full Environmental Impact Assessment – although Powys said this was not needed.
* a public hearing of the appeal – although the developer had asked for a written procedure.

Now we need to tell the planning inspector why the 79m bowdler farm turbine & access should be refused

All the information from the Developer is on the Welsh Planning Inspectorate appeals website. Your objection letters and all other responses already submitted to Powys will be copied onto this website soon.

To find all the information, Google “Appeals received by the Planning Inspectorate (Wales only)”
– in small print thread  >> at top, go back one to click appeals
– under appeals service, click search for an appeal
– click search for a case
– in Case Reference, fill in 2200418 and click search for cases
– click APP/T6850/A/13/2200418
– in Stages and Dates, click any blue underlined item and then click the + signs in the filing tree until you get to different branches of lists of PDFs.

What you can do:
If you have more to add or did not get an objection in to Powys, please:

– Send comments on line: beneath Stages and Dates (see above)

– Send comments by email: to Rhys Rigby, Case Officer at

– Send letter: NB 3 COPIES: to APPEALS IN WALES, The Planning Inspectorate, Crown Buildings, Cathays Park, Cardiff, CF10 3NQ.

– Use black ink and type comments unless your handwriting is very clear.
– Quote the reference number APP/T6850/A/13/2200418 and the address:
Bowdler Farm, Presteigne Rd, Knighton, Powys LD7 1LN
– Say “I am against the appeal proposals”, indicate where you live and give your employment and expertise if relevant
– Make your comments which can only address Planning Issues (see below)
– Organise all materials and attachments clearly (maximum 5MB / item).
– You can send photographs, maps etc. – see Inspectorate Guidelines)

Planning Issues

– Visual impact / loss of enjoyment of countryside for residents in & near Knighton & Norton

– Impact on walkers, riders, drivers and golf course users

– Impact on Offa’s Dyke National Trail and Scheduled Ancient Monuments (1.3km away)

– Impact on unspoilt countryside and Llan Wen green lane (only 63m away)

– Impact on tourism, local people’s income, and house prices and the Knighton economy.

– Danger and disruption of huge vehicles through Knighton and turning off busy A 4355

– Noise and disruption during construction

– Problems with hydrology/flooding, local ecology, turbine noise, and flickering turbine blades

– Cumulative impact with the proposed 4 x 105m turbines of Reeves Hill Wind Farm (2km away)
Comments should contain as much evidence and personal experience as possible.
Planning Inspectors do not like repetition, waffle and irrelevant issues. You can say if you are willing to speak at the hearing.

Here are the full guidelines

Please make every effort to attend the hearing – we need everyone to come to show the inspector that we care about our countryside. We will let you know when the date for the hearing is announced.

– The Public Hearing is not intimidating and there is no cross-questioning.
– The Inspector will explain the order of topics and make sure both sides
have been able to make their points.
– We will need well-informed speakers on a range of topics.
– The Hearing will be followed by a site visit.

You can call the Planning Inspectorate Customer Support Line on 02920 823866