Mynydd Llansadwrn Action Group
Mynydd Llansadwrn (grid reference SN690350) is part of the spectacular undulating landscape of Carmarthenshire in south Wales. Rising slightly above the surrounding hills, it just manages to reach mountain status with a trig. point of 345 metres, but the majority of the Mynydd Llansadwrn terrain stays well below the mountain category. Approximately three and a half miles to the south is the village of Llansadwrn, with its views of the meandering Towy river and the Black Mountain of the Brecon Beacons National Park. The villages of Llanwrda, Porthyrhyd and Caio all lie within a radius of about three miles from the trig.point.
To see a map of the location, click here.
The lush green countryside surrounding Mynydd Llansadwrn primarily supports sheep and cattle farming. This unique landscape is also a popular tourist destination, attracting those who wish to enjoy the extraordinary variety of wildlife, the tranquillity and the unspoilt beauty of this part of Wales.
Mynydd Llansadwrn provides a safe habitat for many birds including several endangered species such as red kites, nightjars, curlews and goshawks. Bats,badgers and hares, all protected species, are also common to the area.
At the foot of Mynydd Llansadwrn is the Cwmerchon conservation centre and farm, recent winners of the David Bellamy conservation award. Nearby Cors Farlais, a 28-hectare area of common land, has been classified as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) because of the abundance of wildlife, plant diversity and its unique geological feature - the pingo, a small circular hillock with a crater indentation formed during the last ice age.
Mynydd Llansadwrn and the surrounding area is blessed with some of the most beautiful landscape in Britain. The gentle rolling hills are a patchwork of green fields and woodland. Traditional farmhouses nestle into the hillsides and along the river valleys; quiet country roads twist their way through the remote countryside. Castle ruins add a touch of grandeur to the rural tranquillity. The splendour of this area is valued by residents and visitors alike, and will hopefully be preserved for future generations to enjoy.
Mynydd Llansadwrn was under threat from the development of three giant wind turbines during 2003. Developers approached Carmarthenshire County Council with a proposal to erect three 91-metre high (300-feet) wind turbines on the top of Mynydd Llansadwrn. A planning application has not yet been submitted. The developers of the proposed Mynydd Llansadwrn project say they would need 15-foot-wide access roads to carry heavy machinery and equipment to the site; they would also need to drill into the bedrock to a depth of 10-12 feet in order to build huge concrete pads needed to support each turbine. There would also be cable trenches or pylons to carry the transmission lines to the grid. This would be a major construction project that could have devastating environmental consequences.
In June 2003, the developers set up monitoring masts near the proposed site. It was at this point that local residents became aware of plans to erect wind turbines. They sprang into action. In July there was a well-attended public meeting at Llanwrda Village Hall to inform people about this proposal. Out of this meeting the Mynydd Llansadwrn Action Group was formed. Current membership is over 200.
Since then, there have been several more wind farm proposals and planning applications in Carmarthenshire and surrounding counties. For a map of all proposals, applications and developments in Wales go to the CPRW site: www.cprw.org.uk/windStats/plotter/literalImageMap.aspx
Brechfa Forest: The ancient Brechfa
Forest, according to the Welsh Assembly, is an ideal setting for giant wind turbines. If the Assembly has its way, about 40 to 50 turbines (about 90MW) will be built and the landscape of the Brechfawill be changed forever. Click here for our special page devoted to the threat to Brechfa Forest. Forest
Blaengwen (now renamed to Alltwalis): A planning application was submitted for 10 turbines, 110 metres high. This was rejected by the Departures Committee of the Carmarthenshire County Council. However the developers reapplied.
27 March 2007, the Council met to decide on the re-submission of the Blaengwen wind farm application. The Planning Committee voted 12 to 7 in favour of the scheme. This time, the application did not have to go before the Departures Committee for final approval – the Departures Committee had been disbanded a few months prior to this hearing!
In September 2009, construction started at the site near Pencader on the western edge of Brechfa forest. Click here to see a map of the location and click here to see photos from the site.
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Betws Mountain: Proposal for 16 turbines. On July 19, 2007, the Carmarthenshire County Council gave the OK for the installation of these turbines. See the 2007 news page for further details.
Blaen Bowi: Planning application submitted for 3 turbines, an extension to an existing wind farm. On 27th September 2007, this application was rejected by the County Council. For the reasons given see our 2007 news page. See also Blaen Bowi Action Group
Camddwr: Proposal for 212 turbines on the Cambrian mountains. Planning approval granted for monitoring masts.
Cefn Croes: This wind farm, 39 turbines near Aberystwyth, has been completed. See Cefn Croes website.
Llanfynydd: Planning permission granted for monitoring masts, the first step towards an expected application for up to 16 wind turbines to be sited around Llanfynydd village and on the hill overlooking Brechfa village. For details contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Pen Y Cwmoedd - Coed Morgannwg forestry estate TAN8 SSA F
Nuon Renewables wants to build up to 100 giant wind turbines over a huge stretch of land between the Neath, Dulais, Afan and Rhondda valleys. The Pen y Cymoedd wind energy project would be built in the Coed Morgannwg forestry estate to the south of the Heads of the Valleys road (A465) between Neath and Aberdare; to the north of Maerdy, Treorchy and Glyncorrwg, and to the east of Tonmawr. If approved by the Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), the wind farm could be up and running by 2012/13. It is expected to generate up to 290MW .
Llanddysul: Planning application submitted for 10 turbines on land adjacent to Rhos Garn Whilgarn, Talgarreg. The application was refused by Ceredigion County Council in September 2006. See the 2006 news page for further details.
Mynydd y Gwrhyd: Proposal for 4 wind turbines, turned down twice by the Neath Port Talbot Council. The developers reduced the proposal to 2 turbines and appealed against the Council's decision. The appeal was refused by the Welsh Assembly planning officer in September 2006. See 2006 news and www.tairgwaithactiongroup.co.uk
Nant-y-Moch: Dulais Ltd. is preparing a plan for Airtricity to install 106 huge turbines (140m) on the hills between Aberystwyth and Machynlleth, Strategic Search Area D of TAN8, near Cefn Croes. For details see: www.windfarmvictims.org.uk . Go to our action group page to download a map of the area with the proposed turbine locations marked out.