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Urgent appeal launched

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You could be the last defence of the Welsh landscape. Will you help take perhaps our most important battle yet to the High Court?

In CPRW’s 90th year we have so much to celebrate. But we can’t rest now. Not when we have the chance to stop a sinister decision that could change our countryside forever.

The people of Powys were overjoyed when Hendy Wind Farm was refused planning permission. CPRW battled heroically against this out-of-place wind farm, which would obliterate the distinctive beauty of ancient Llandegley Rhos. Now, in a shocking turn of events, a Welsh Government minister has gone against the recommendation of the Planning Inspectorate to overturn the decision made in Powys.  Lesley Griffiths, Minister for Energy, Planning and Rural Affairs, declared in her decision that the benefits of renewable energy are in the national interest and this outweighs all other considerations in the case. The Minister’s unilateral decision overruled the recommendation of the government’s appointed Planning Inspector, who found the harm of the proposed development to be significant.  This decision sets a disastrous legal precedent that we cannot afford. Every landscape that is not designated as a protected area is under threat.  Only you can help us to stop this test case before the damage is done.

It will cost £35,000 to engage a barrister to bring the challenge to the High Court. We have been assured that we have a case. Crucially, half of this sum has already been raised locally.
Please give what you can to help challenge this dangerous ruling before it’s too late.  The outcome will affect rural Wales forever.

We agree that renewable energy is important for our future, but it cannot be at any cost. Is every scheme of this size now in the national interest, no matter the setting, no matter the harm, to be forced through against the will of the local community and even the experts?

This fight is no longer for the historic hill forts of Llandegley Rhos. It is for the future of the planning process, for local democracy and for all of rural Wales. With Brexit nearly upon us, a strong CPRW is
needed now more than ever.

Your donation - large or small - will make this challenge happen!  Donate here:

Thank you for standing with us.

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