Neath Port Talbot councillors have boosted plans for an onshore wind farm in South Wales by voting not to object.
Under the proposals 84 wind turbines – each around 145m high – will be constructed on land south of the Heads of the Valleys Road.
Plans for the Pen y Cymoedd wind farm are being developed by energy firm Nuon Renewables for the land which is managed by the Forestry Commission Wales and owned by the Welsh Assembly Government.
Councillors voted 17 to 15 against objecting the proposals at a Neath Port Talbot’s planning committee on Wednesday, a council spokeswoman said.
A Nuon Renewables spokeswoman also claimed over a period of 25 years the wind far would “inject more than £1bn into the local economy and support the retention and creation of around 300 jobs during the construction phase and 50 permanent jobs hereafter”.
She said: “We are very pleased with the decision as Pen y Cymoedd represents a substantial inward investment that will bring major benefits to the local economy and the environment.
“We will now await a decision on the application by the Department of Energy and Climate Change and ensure that local people are kept informed.”
Local campaign group the Glyncorrwg Action Group is contesting the proposals, claiming they would “spoil an area of outstanding natural beauty”.