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  • Permission granted for 14 wind turbines in Co. Cork

    An Bord Pleanala has upheld the decision of Cork County Council to grant permission for 14 wind turbines and associated development in the Ballyhoura Mountain Range (at the western foothills of the Galtee Mountains straddling the border of Co Cork and Co Limerick). Each wind turbine will have an overall maximum dimension of 126 metres, comprising a tower 80 -86 metres high with a diameter of about 4 metres at the base, to which three blades of 41 – 45 metres length will be attached.

    Cork County Council granted permission but only for 20 years from the grant of permission. The Council also attached conditions requiring connection to the National Electricity Grid to the satisfaction of the Planning Authority; the proposal to use the existing infrastructure which is in place on the site; commissioning of the wind farm to be subject to an approved connection to the national electricity transmission grid and shall be subject to the prior grant of permission of the planning authority. There were two third party appeals and one first party appeal.

    The An Bord Pleanala Inspector noted that the Wind Turbines Bill 2012 (which proposes to increase distance requirements from houses) is a private member’s bill that was introduced in the Seanad has not been enacted and has no particular status. The development plan identifies two types of areas for wind energy development, Strategic Search Areas and Strategically Unsuitable Areas. Although the site is not located within a strategic search area or a strategically unsuitable area its location was considered acceptable in principle given that it is relatively close to a strategic search area.

    An Bord Pleanala granted permission for a period of 25 years from the date of commissioning with 10 years to build the development. The conditions relating to connection to the grid to be approved by the Planning Authority were omitted as recommended by the inspector.

    Published on February 28, 2013 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy, Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Rural Planning;
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