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Wales facing an ‘absolute onslaught of development’ warns rural charity

15 Dec 2022 3 minute read
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Siân Williams

“Wales is at the start of an absolute onslaught of development” says the Director of a charity founded to protect rural Wales.

Dr Jonathan Dean is Director of The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW) claims the “onslaught” he refers to as “all being driven by net zero.”

To this end, CPRW has been working on a new energy policy – which is in the process of being sent out to their members for consultation. It will be published in the New Year.

According to Dr Dean: “There is a whole host of proposals for 250-metre-high turbines on land in Wales (the likes of which) have never been seen before.”

Net Zero

The Welsh Government Net Zero Strategic Plan was published last week (6 December). The document – which stops short of just 50 pages – sets the foundation to reach net zero by 2050.

Reaching net zero means completely negating the amount of greenhouse gases produced by human activity.

According to Dr Dean, CPRW “strongly supports” reaching net zero.

“My personal view is that Wales could reach net zero quicker than by 2050 if we actually got on with it. We have a vast wealth of offshore wind – currently Wales generates twice the electricity it uses.”

This is mainly, he says, “Because of Pembrokeshire (natural gas) power station. But if we got on with building offshore wind (farms) we could reach net zero and still generate twice the energy that we use. There is so much wind power out at sea.”

Crown Estate

The Crown Estate – which manages land and property owned by the Royal Family – is devolved in Scotland but not in Wales. This means that the money generated by the Crown Estate in Scotland goes into the coffers of the Scottish Government. In Wales it goes straight to the UK Treasury in London.

Not only that, but because the Crown Estate is devolved to Scotland, it means that offshore wind is one of Scotland’s largest sources of renewable energy.

According to Dr Jonathan Dean: “The Crown Estate – acting for England and Wales – is balancing where the power is generated. That is, predominately in the North Sea (between Britain and Europe), so very little is being licenced around the seas in Wales (between the Celtic Sea and the Irish Sea).”

Stating a personal view, rather than that of CPRW, Dr Dean said: “With the Crown Estate not devolved to Wales, The Welsh Government cannot make decisions on its own about what happens in Welsh waters.

“Since the Crown Estate is not putting emphasis on Welsh waters, the only thing Welsh Government can do is build things on land. They are pretty much backed into a corner, because me must have more renewables. But the Welsh Government aren’t being allowed to use their own sea.”

The new CPRW energy policy – to be given a name and published in early 2030 – says Dr Dean: “Will spell out why we believe the sea is, basically, the saviour of the Welsh countryside. We have so much capacity out at sea, we don’t need (turbines, pylons etc) on land.”


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Mab Meirion
Mab Meirion
1 month ago

If you ask me Wales has become one big loophole for the smoke and mirrors brigade, carpet baggers and 5th columnists…

hdavies15
hdavies15
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

Carpetbaggers was the exact term I was struggling to dig up from the depths of my old brain. They are flocking in, not only in energy and environmental matters but property, land indeed anything from which they can squeeze a buck by any means. They sap the ability of a nation to withstand assimilation and encroachment especially when the governments in Cardiff and London do nothing to deter them. Indeed, they appear to actively encourage this infestation.

I.Humphrys
I.Humphrys
1 month ago
Reply to  Mab Meirion

“Jac O the North” has been uncovering this stuff for years. And he is right:
Labour must be smashed!

The original mark
The original mark
1 month ago
Reply to  I.Humphrys

Had a run in with him on twitter, he does dig up some interesting stories. Shame he’s so right wing

Gwyn Morris
Gwyn Morris
1 month ago

He is a very good researcher.

His expose of the takeover
of Yes Cymru by Marxists and Trans loons which took place in plain sight of its members was sensational.

Jac o' the North
Jac o' the North
1 month ago

That’s me!

Wrexhamian
Wrexhamian
1 month ago

He’s only ‘right-wing’ insofar as he’s anti-woke when such flavour-of the-the-month issues are shown to be anti-Wales. e.g. as promoted by Leanne Wood. Putting aside the right-left spectrum, he’s actually an excellent investigative journalist, and the usual cheap-shots, such as ‘fascist’, tend to be used only by unionists.

Nia James
Nia James
1 month ago

Wales is a plaything and experiment board…end of!

Dewi
Dewi
1 month ago

The Crown estate is basically a vampire sucking our resources for the Crown and benefit of the UK exchequer.

Dyncwmrhymni
Dyncwmrhymni
1 month ago

If Wales does not directly benefit financially from these turbines then “What’s the point?” Cymru dros Cymry! Bob tro.

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