Bryn Blaen Wind Farm Ltd appealed the decision when the council failed to give notice of a finding within the required time frame.
The council’s planning committee had originally rejected the application in December 2015 claiming it had found eight adverse impacts of the project including character, appearance and heritage. Further information submitted prior to the appeal addressed concerns associated with highway safety, public rights of way and nature conservation leaving the key issues visual impact, resident impact and heritage assets.
The report found there are no protected designated landscapes affected by the proposal and nearby heritage assets such as a bronze age cairn and hill forts in the Clywedog Valley would not be significantly affected. The desire by the Welsh Government to encourage onshore wind, in spite of announcements in England, and the UK’s need to meet the EU’s 2020 target to produce 15% of electricity by renewables was also cited as a benefit of the project. Despite eight residential properties being significantly adversely affected the planning balance of the project was seen as supporting project approval.