Welcome

to the project website for the
Y Bryn onshore wind farm.

Coriolis Energy and ESB are proposing to develop a new onshore wind farm in South Wales that could deliver enough renewable energy to power over 100,000 homes.*

The proposed wind farm site is split into two blocks. The Bryn block is located to the south of the B4282, with the Penhydd block located to the north of the road. The Llynfi and Afan valleys lie to the east and west of the wind farm site respectively. The M4 motorway, the main arterial route running east to west through South Wales, lies to the south of the site.

As this project will deliver in excess of 10MW of wind energy it will constitute a Development of National Significance (DNS) under the Planning (Wales) Act 2015 an application must be made to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales, which will make a recommendation to Welsh Ministers on whether or not to grant planning permission.

This website will be updated regularly to keep you informed about the proposals and the upcoming public consultation, where we will be seeking views of local residents and consultees.

*Source: See FAQs on ‘Proposals’ page for further information about these figures:
Renewable UK Wind Energy Database (2021): https://www.renewableuk.com/page/UKWEDExplained

Stats Wales: Households by Local Authority and Year (2019)

 

Public Consultation

Following our first phase of consultation on our initial proposals in Summer 2021, we received a significant amount of feedback, which has helped us to refine our proposals. We have recently closed our second phase of consultation to seek feedback on the latest plans.

We undertook a series of public consultation events in areas surrounding the proposed site. These were:

Bryn Community Centre: Maesteg Road, Bryn, Neath Port Talbot, SA13 2RY – Monday 1st November, 2pm to 7pm

Cefn Cribwr Athletic Club: Cae Gof, Cefn Road, Cefn Cribwr, Bridgend CF32 0BA – Tuesday 2nd November, 2pm to 7pm

Cwmafan Community Centre: Depot Road, Cwmafan, Port Talbot, SA12 9BA (for Sat Nav, please use SA12 9DF) – Wednesday 3rd November, 2pm to 7pm

Maesteg Sports Centre: Old Forge Site, Nant-y-Crynwydd, Maesteg, CF34 9DS – Friday 5th November, 2pm to 7pm

Taibach Community Centre: Duke Street, Taibach, Port Talbot, SA13 1NA – Saturday 6th November, 12pm to 4pm

If you were unable to make these events, we have created a virtual exhibition, with information about the proposals available to view. Click here to enter the virtual exhibition room, however please note that the feedback deadline has now passed, so any comments submitted will not be recorded as part of the second phase of consultation. 

Click here to download a digital copy of the newsletter posted to local households. 

Project Update – Phase 2:

The current proposals have developed as a result of feedback received from the local community and technical consultees to date. Key points raised related to visual impacts, turbine noise, traffic and construction, wildlife and existing uses. We have sought to address key issues through making the following updates to the plans:

  • Reducing the number of proposed turbines from 26 to 21.
  • Removing turbines with the greatest potential impact on the village of Bryn, and also heritage assets and views from Margam Park.
  • Reducing the height of all turbines in the northern Penhydd block, to minimise potential impacts on Bryn, Cwmafan, Maesteg and surrounding nearby communities.
  • Relocating some turbines to reduce specific localised impacts around their siting.
  • Clarifying points related to access, maintenance, wildlife and habitat management, as well as clearer information about community benefit.
 
Further detail about these updates was available to view at the public consultation events and available via this website.

Timeline

Winter/Spring 2021

Project inception, early investigative surveys and EIA scoping

Early Summer 2021

Phase 1 Community Consultation on EIA Scoping

Late Summer 2021

Collation of feedback and analysis. 

We are here

Phase 2 Community Consultation on refined proposals

Spring 2022

Statutory consultation on draft planning documents

Late Spring 2022

Application submission to Welsh Government

We are proposing to develop a new onshore wind farm in South Wales that could deliver enough renewable energy to power over 100,000 homes.*

Have your say

We are proposing to undertake an extensive pre-application community consultation exercise prior to submitting an application to Planning and Environment Decisions Wales. This  involves at least two rounds of public consultation, and a formal consultation period as required by the DNS regulations set out in the Planning (Wales) Act 2015.

We have now launched our second phase of public consultation on the proposals. Please visit us at one of our consultation events or contact us via this website to let us know your feedback.

About us

This project is being developed by Coriolis Energy and ESB in partnership.

Coriolis Energy is an experienced, professional wind energy developer, which has delivered projects around the UK that are currently bringing benefits to both communities and the environment.

ESB is Ireland’s premier energy company and is a leading independent power generator in the UK, committed to investing in Wales’s natural resources.

Introductory Project Video

Note: Some information in this video relates to the initial proposals and early layout. For the latest information, visit one of our consultation events, or view the materials on the Project Documents page soon.