Monday, 27 August 2012

Plans for 14-turbine wind farm in Co Galway rejected by Bord Pleanála

An Bord Pleanála has rejected planning approval for a 14-turbine wind farm near Moycullen in Co Galway.
The project, submitted by Western Power Developments, was approved last year by Galway County Council and involved 14 turbines, 140m (460ft) tall, within a kilometre of seven houses at Knockranny, overlooking the Galway-Clifden road. It also involved ancillary structures, including a control building, a permanent meteorological mast of up to 80m in height, a substation, access tracks and associated infrastructure across an area of almost 225sq m.
The board, which overruled its inspector’s recommendation of the project, has cited the area’s archaeological heritage and the risk of peat slippage as the main reasons for rejecting the plan.
Read the article @ The Irish Times

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