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SP Manweb Launches Stage Three Consultation For Mid Wales Windfarm Connections

27/09/2013

SP Manweb is launching Stage Three of its consultation regarding proposed connections for wind farm developments in Mid Wales.  The company is now seeking to present the suggested line routes to local communities for feedback.

The consultation will run from 9th October until 6th December, and SP Manweb will be running a number of exhibitions at locations close to the suggested line routes during these months. Members of the local communities will be invited to attend in order to ask questions and give feedback on the Project, which will help to determine the final route.

Public exhibitions, which will be attended by key Project team members, are planned for the following dates:

Wednesday 9th October 2pm – 8pm
Canolfan Y Banw Community Centre
Llangadfan, Welshpool, SY21 0NW

Thursday 10th October 2pm – 8pm
Llanbadarn Fynydd Village Hall
Llanbadarn Fynydd, Llandrindod Wells, LD1 6YA

Tuesday 15th October 2pm – 8pm
Clatter Community Centre
Clatter, Caersws, SY17 5NL

Wednesday 16th October 2pm – 8pm
Trefeglwys Village Hall
Trefeglwys, Caersws, SY17 5PH

Friday 18th October 2pm – 8pm
Carno Community Centre
Carno, Caersws, SY17 5LH

Saturday 19th October 10am – 4pm
Llanidloes Community Centre
Mount Lane, Llanidloes, SY18 6EY

Tuesday 22nd October 2pm – 8pm
Dolfor Community Hall
Dolfor, Newtown, SY16 4BN

Wednesday 23rd October 2pm – 8pm
Llandinam Village Hall
School Lane, Llandinam, SY17 5BY

Thursday 24th October 2pm – 8pm
Llidiartywaen Community Centre
Llidiartywaen, Llanidloes, SY18 6JT

Steven Edwards, Project Manager at SP Manweb said: “All of the feedback and views we have received from local communities so far have helped us to determine the line routes and design for the connections. Based on feedback we have reduced line lengths to 50 km comprising of 80% wood pole lines, and have also reduced capacity of proposed connections to approximately 650 MW (megawatts) from an original estimation of 1,000 MW.

“We believe that the suggested line routes represent connections that are technically viable and create the least environmental impact. The suggested line routes have been selected following assessment and analysis of a number of available options.

“Input from local communities is invaluable, and we hope to hear from as many people as possible again during this round of consultation to help us to establish our final routes for the proposed windfarm connections.”

A number of new reports have also now been published on the Project website www.spmidwalesconnections.info. These include:

  • Supplementary Preferred Route Corridor Report – which summarises the conclusions of the below reports and draws them together into a recommendation for the three preferred route corridors to be taken forward into Stage Three within which the suggested line routes have been developed
  • Stage Two Consultation Feedback Report – which reviews the community consultation feedback received for Stages Two and Two A, along with a summary of how the feedback has been considered
  • Third Strategic Optioneering Report – which assesses the technical viability of the options available to ScottishPower Energy Networks
  • Supplementary Routeing Report 2 – which assesses the environmental impact for each of the route corridors

Feedback forms will be available to those attending the public exhibitions, and feedback will also be welcome via the Project website (www.spmidwalesconnections.info) and the dedicated Project freephone line 0800 988 9174.

Media Information: 0141 614 4660 / pressoffice@scottishpower.com

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