On Thursday 20 March, the Planning Committee meeting at Brecon Beacons National Park Authority Offices was packed with so many wind turbine opponents that only the most local people could be admitted to the meeting room for each application.
The arguments raised by opponents against both single turbines were broadly similar and focused on the turbines’ huge size, their impact on the landscape and their potential impact on tourism. Cumulative impact with Reeves Hill windfarm was another major objection to the Bowdler Farm turbine.
Votes were 12 against with 2 abstentions for Bowdler Farm and 10 against with 4 abstentions for the Clyro turbine.
The Powys resolution to recommend refusal of Bowdler Farm 79m turbine followed the advice in the Planning Officers’ Report. The report and recommendation will now form part of the evidence considered at the 14 May public Appeal Hearing, alongside the report of SHCG’s Landscape Consultant, Mark Steele. The Planning Inspector will consider Chris Bevan’s Appeal application and issue a final decision on the Bowdler Farm turbine some weeks later.