South West Wales

RES loses appeal over Llanllwni mountain wind farm plan

Llanllwni
Image caption RES wanted to build 21 turbines on Llanllwni mountain, near Carmarthen

Renewable energy firm RES has lost an appeal over plans to build a wind farm on a Carmarthenshire mountain.

RES wanted to build 21 turbines on Llanllwni mountain, near Carmarthen, but the appeal was dismissed by the Welsh government after a public hearing.

Carmarthenshire council had refused planning for the development in November 2012.

Local people have fought a campaign against the development.

The proposals were for the turbines to be sited over around 3,450 acres (1,396 hectares) of crown-owned common land mainly used for sheep grazing about nine miles (15km) north east of Carmarthen.

The council received letters of objection and a petition as well as objections from a range of community, heritage and environmental groups, including the Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales.

Members of the authority's planning committee made a visit to the site, known as Bryn Llywelyn, ahead of making their decision to reject the scheme in 2012.

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