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  • An Bord Pleanála have refused permission to Ecopower Developments Limited for 9 no. number wind turbines at County Waterford.  The site involved 62.7 hectares of land in the control of Coillte.

     The Council refused permission having regard to the scale and layout on a scenic exposed upland area which would constitute a visually dominant and prominent obtrusive feature within a vulnerable scenic rural landscape when seen against the elevated skyline background from public roads (including a designated Scenic route).

     The ultimate reason for refusal given by the Board however is somewhat unusual in that they refused permission on the inadequacy of the EIS, rather than the actual proposed development itself.

     “Notwithstanding the site location in a preferred area for wind energy in the Waterford County Development Plan 2011-2017, having regard to the following deficiencies in the EIS and documents submitted by the applicant in the course of the application and appeal:

    •  inadequate assessment of visual impacts and potential impacts on tourism,
    • inadequate assessment of potential impacts on water quality and proposals in relation to drainage management,
    • inadequate assessment in relation to transportation and local road improvements (including potential impacts on architectural heritage and ecology), and
    • inadequate assessment of potential ecological impacts including on bird species and on the Natura 2000 network in the wider area,

     the Board is not satisfied that the proposed development would not have significant adverse effects on the environment. The proposed development would, therefore, be contrary to the proper planning and sustainable development of the area.”

    Published on April 26, 2012 By:David Mulcahy · Filed under: Important An Bord Pleanala Decisions, Rural Planning; Tagged as: , ,
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