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Countryside charity releases ‘shocking’ map revealing development plans across Wales

24 Jul 2023 3 minute read
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Martin Shipton

CPRW, the Welsh countryside charity, has unveiled a map showing all the current applications facing the Welsh countryside, and says people will be shocked at the scale of what is being proposed.

The charity recently asked PEDW, the body overseeing all applications under Wales’ Developments of National Significance (DNS) process, for geospatial data, or to produce a map of all the current applications.

CPRW spokesman Ross Evans said that as PEDW had been unable to create a map itself, CPRW members had produced one to show all the current proposals for onshore wind and ground-based solar.

“In the absence of an official map to show the scale of applications facing the Welsh countryside, our members have painstakingly plotted and annotated a map showing all the DNS applications,” he said. “What this map illustrates can only be called the industrialisation of our countryside.

“One thing noticeable from our map is the fallacy of the Welsh Government’s Pre-Assessed Areas. Most applications are outside of these areas and, at least one foreign developer has withdrawn a major application within one of these areas claiming it wasn’t suitable.

“We are supposed to be in a nature emergency, as well as a climate emergency. Yet the Welsh Government seems happy to ride roughshod over nature in its ‘race to net zero’.

“We are proud to unveil this map at our stall at the Royal Welsh Agricultural Show. if you are attending this year come and see for yourself at stall CCA84, if not you can download a copy from our website.”

Not fit for purpose

CPRW has long taken issue with the DNS system, saying it has a deficit of democracy. The charity recently said the application process was not fit for purpose, given a recent admission from PEDW that it could not cope with the scale of applications before it.

A copy of the map unveiled at the show can be downloaded here…..

A more detailed version showing common land and flight routes for the RAF at the Mach Loop can be downloaded here…

Earlier this year Climate Change Minister Julie James said: “Our previous targets signalled our high ambitions for renewable energy and this Government’s desire to move away from a use of, and reliance on, fossil fuels.

“However, the climate crisis shows that we cannot afford to rest on our laurels. Providing new targets compels us to stride towards Net Zero as quickly as we realistically can. The evidence is clear that towards the end of this decade we will need to rapidly ramp up our generation of electricity to meet our energy needs.”


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Cathy Jones
Cathy Jones
8 months ago

The Saesneg want to sacrifice CVymru to their wealth and The Senedd seem to sometime stand by idly and at others actively encourage it.

….. Do you see it yet?

hdavies15
hdavies15
8 months ago
Reply to  Cathy Jones

Industrialisation of the countryside being advocated by those who mostly complain about having any industry too close to where they live. Senedd is full of such selfish people who are happy to trade with big profiteering corporations while ignoring any alternative community based initiatives.

Malcolm Jones
Malcolm Jones
8 months ago

Rape of the Fair country mark two. Wake up Wales

Non Davies
Non Davies
8 months ago

To date Welsh Government has been unable to provide this information when requested. I wonder why? Incompetence/ lack of strategic overview/monitoring or deliberate ploy to conceal? Diolch CPRW for the courage of your convictions. Politicians & journalists take note. Hen Dro Sàl

Ioan Richard
Ioan Richard
8 months ago
Reply to  Non Davies

Since the 1947 Town and Countryside Planning Act the UK Planning System has been developing into the model of sophistication it is today. Now it is partly governed by state law and more importantly democratically by Localised Planning Policies unique to the needs of the Local Authority it serves. For some years of late, developments considered to be of national significance DNS, the Local Authorities became only important Consultees, and the State’s Planning Inspectorate has become the decision maker. Developments of National Significance DNS trended to be large construction proposals for Power Stations; Water Reservoirs; Major Industrial Factories; Strategic Transport… Read more »

Jonathan Dean
Jonathan Dean
8 months ago

Meanwhile … Wales can easily generate enough power to reach net zero, and if we want, 100% more on top, just from offshore wind. But none of that will be decided in Cardiff. However, while Wales CAN reach net zero from ONLY offshore wind, it CANNOT reach net zero from ONLY onshore wind. The Welsh Government are deliberately backing the wrong horse while they sulk !

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