We are keeping an eye on the following Developments of National Significance proposed in Denbighshire (and one on our borders). These are decided by the Welsh Government, specifically by the Climate Change Minister, with the local Planning Committee merely consultees.

DNS/3214855  Alwen Forest Windfarm. This is for 9 turbines in the forest roughly between the dams of Brenig and Alwen reservoirs. The site is mostly in CCBC, but a small portion of it lies within Denbighshire. The applicant is RWE Renewables. The application has to be submitted by 30 Nov 2024, but the Scoping Direction was issued as long ago as Sept 2018 (This contains the environmental information that must be provided by the applicant).

DNS/3276735  Gaerwen Windfarm. This is currently for 9 turbines – two of 200m and 7 of 180 m. It is still in its early stages, although a Scoping Direction was sent to RWE in Sept 2021. It is to be located near Llandrillo and Cynwyd, and is already the source of much local opposition.

DNS/CAS 02646S1G1Q8   Moel Chwa Windfarm. 12 turbines possibly up to 200m at the blade tip.This is in CCBC but on the borders of Denbighshire. The applicant is Bute Energy, which plans to use partly forested countryside near the villages of Llanfihangel / Llangwm / Cerrigydrudion.  The site has a complicated planning history, and it appears that permission is already granted for parts of the site.

CAS/01392/D2 T3 C3  St. Asaph Solar Farm. Awaiting details, but various pre-submission documents are on the website, some from the applicant seeking to justify the intended site.

NOTE If you would like to look up these applications, Google > (type) DNS guidance > (click) DNS applications > (click) planning casework portal.

ORDDU ENERGY PARK. At the time of writing this, no details are available, except that it is a Bute Energy scheme, and is to be situated on a hill called Orddu,  south of Llangwm, and between the A5 and the A494.