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  • Permission Refused for Tallest Proposed On-Shore Turbines in Ireland

    An Bord Pleanala have refused permission for 11 no. turbines in Ardglass, East Cork, by Order dated 2nd December 2014. The turbines would have measured 156m (the Spire in Dublin is approx. 120m). A number of sources have quoted these turbines as being the tallest on-shore turbines proposed in Ireland.

    The Board refused permission having regard to:
    (a) the Cork County Development Plan 2009- 2015,
    (b) the Wind Energy Guidelines 2006,
    (c) the number, scale and height of the proposed turbines,
    (d) the location of the site in a quiet rural elevated upland plateau, and
    (e) the lack of significant landscape features in the area,
    stating that they were not satisfied that on the basis of the documentation submitted that the proposed development, by reason of the open and exposed nature of the receiving landscape, and by reason of proximity to noise sensitive receptors, would not result in serious injury to the visual and residential amenities of the area.

    The Board was also not satisfied that the planning application would not have a significant adverse impact on the ecology of the area, including protected species, and that insufficient information was contained within the file to allow it to conduct a screening for Appropriate Assessment.

    Finally, the Board also considered that the Environmental Impact Statement submitted with the planning application, and other submissions on file were inadequate in identifying and describing the direct and indirect effects of the proposed development, in particular with regard to noise impacts and protected species.

    This decision emphasises the importance of the landscape in considering such large scale structures, particularly where the landscape is an open landscape devoid of natural features which will partly screen the turbines and help absorb them into the landscape. It also shows once again that the quality of the information submitted to the Board is paramount, with any insufficiencies risking a refusal.

    Published on December 9, 2014 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Green Energy, Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions; Tagged as: , ,
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