Hendy £ Wind Farm
Welcome to the actual Hendy Wind Farm

The truthful information concerning the Hendy Wind Farm can be found on this website, along with details of how you can get involved.

Hendy Wind Farm Ltd has started constructing a wind farm on land south of the small village of Llandegley in Radnorshire. If completed, the wind farm will generate enough energy to meet the demands for 62* houses when the weather is calm. That's right - just 62 houses. And these turbines are big.

The wind farm will contain:

  • Seven turbines, each 110 metres tall with blades that are 40 metres long
  • A substation
  • A control building
  • An upgraded BOAT (Byway Open to All Traffic) across open access common land
  • An upgraded track across open access common land
  • A compound

Planning permission has been granted by Lesley Griffiths (an ex-medical secretary from Wrexham), even though all of the local Community Councils objected, Powys County Council Planning Committee refused permission, and after a lengthy public inquiry the Planning Inspectorate refused an appeal by the developers.

Hendy Wind Farm Ltd is pressing ahead with construction, despite the fact that none of the planning conditions set out by the Welsh Minister have been discharged, and construction has involved building a new entrance onto the A44 without planning consent.

Hendy Wind Farm Ltd also has no desire to hear your views on the proposals or the construction. Which is why they have another company called Moblake to not answer calls and emails.

* Based on the amount of electricity generated by wind at 9:05am on 3rd June 2018 as reported by the National Grid, and statistics provided by Renewable UK.

QuestionThe site location

The Hendy Wind Farm site is located very close to the village of Llandegley (not Penybont, as the developers claim). The site lies almost directly between the two scheduled ancient monuments of Llandegley Rocks Hillfort and Crug Eryr.

The site of Hendy Wind Farm
View of the site from the top of Llandegley Rocks

The turbines at Hendy Wind Farm
A mockup of the site from Llandegley Rhos Common

Latest news

July 2014: Planning application submitted

April 2017: Planning application is refused by the Powys County Council planning committee

Three reasons were given for refusal:

1. The proposed development is unacceptable in landscape and visual terms due to the extent and degree of the significant landscape effects...

2. The proposed development would have a significant effect on users of the BOAT, Open Access Land and Public Rights of Way...

3. The proposed development would have an unacceptable adverse impact on the setting of Scheduled Nant Brook Enclosure, Scheduled Graig Camp, Sheduled Llandegley Rocks Hillfort and Scheduled Crug Eryr Mound and Bailey Castle...

August 2017: Planning appeal submitted

May 2018: Planning appeal is refused by the Planning Inspectorate

Here is a summary of the reason given for refusal:

1. The scheme would give rise to significant harm to the character of the landscape and its visual amenity...

2. The development would also cause harm to heritage assets, specifically by virtue of the impact on the setting of 4 SAMs [Scheduled Ancient Monuments]...

3. I have reached the conclusion that the harm which would be caused by the development would clearly outweigh its benefits...

October 2018: Planning consent is granted by Lesley Griffiths, the Cabinet Secretary for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs

Here is a summary of the reason given for consent:

1. The Welsh Government is committed to renewable and low carbon energy generation...

2. Wind energy continues to offer the greatest potential for delivering renewable energy...

3. The proposal will generate up to 17.5MW...

4. I consider the benefits of the proposal in terms of delivering renewable energy...outweigh the identified impacts of the scheme...

Given that 2 and 3 are demonstrably false, this was a political decision, not a planning decision.