Wednesday 22 November 2006

Donegal wind turbine planning appeal lodged

A decision to refuse planning permission for eight wind turbine generators to be erected next to the Tyrone/Donegal border has been appealed. An application for planning permission for the 70-foot turbines in bogland near Croaghnameal, east of Donegal town, was made by Eco Wind Power Limited. The location is around 2km from the border and around 20km from the nearest town in the north, Castlederg.

The north's Planning Service said it received notification from Donegal County Council that the refusal of planning permission was being appealed. Notification of the appeal posted by the Planning Service states that “the development is likely to have significant effects on the environment in Northern Ireland”. A spokesman for Donegal County Council said neighbouring authorities were routinely kept informed of such applications.

The application had been refused on the grounds of environment rather than scale. An appeal against the refusal was lodged on October 17 and the public invited to apply to inspect the appeal by contacting Donegal County Council.

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