The consultation by Bute Energy into the proposed windfarm and pylon project, which will see wind turbine up to 220m high erected in Radnorshire, has now closed.

The company is proposing to build 36 wind turbines in Radnor Forest in addition to a 60-mile trail of electricity pylons, stretching from Llandyfaelog in Carmarthenshire, through Llangammarch Wells and across the Sennybridge Training Area.

The proposed ‘Nant Mithil Energy Park’ has come under recent criticism by both Fay Jones MP for Brecon and Radnorshire and Ross Evans from The Campaign for the Protection of Rural Wales (CPRW), who have stated that the project makes very little sense commercially and will result in a huge environmental impact to the area.

The Brecon and Radnorshire MP said last month that erecting wind turbines on unspoilt countryside is "not the answer" amid discussions about a proposed wind farm.

“There are serious concerns by local residents across Radnorshire that the mass building of pylons and wind farms across our rural communities will have a hugely negative effect on tourism, the rural way of life and the environment,” said Ms Jones.

“Many residents have been involved in the local consultation, but I fear that regardless of local opposition, the groups in charge of such decisions will plough ahead and push for the construction of these wind farms and pylons regardless.

“We should be protecting our rural landscapes and building offshore wind projects, we have an abundance of coastlines in Wales and a vast ocean to use, yet the Welsh Government are intent on pursuing on-shore wind projects.”

Mr Evans said: “The Welsh Government cannot meet its renewable energy targets without offshore wind yet could meet them with offshore wind alone.

“A recent study commissioned by and for the Welsh Government (Regen) calculated that the best possible production for onshore wind in Wales would be 25TWh, considerable, yet still well short of the 45TWh estimated demand needed by 2050, although this would mean the Welsh countryside being covered in turbines and the pylons to connect them to the grid.

“In contrast, offshore wind potential in the Irish and Celtic Seas alone are predicted to produce over 100TWh, well in excess of twice the demand needed by 2050.”

More than 400 people attended a meeting in Llanelwedd in March to discuss proposals for the windfarm and accompanying power lines.